Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The 2011 DOI Restoration Program National Workshop has been scheduled for March 28 – April 1, 2011 at the BLM National Training Center in Phoenix, AZ. The first day of the Workshop, Monday, March 28 will be for DOI agency personnel only. All DOI, other federal, tribal and state trustees are invited March 29 – April 1st. Wednesday, March 30 is the Workshop "Open Day" for invited non-trustee people involved in NRDA Restoration. Please register for the Workshop by March 11. Due to meeting room limitations, registrations received after March 11, 2011 will be accommodated based upon available space. Training courses will be offered on Friday, April 1st and are open to Trustees. If you are interested in attending one of the training courses please complete the registration form.
The Sheraton Crescent Hotel will again house the group in 2011. A personalized web site to reserve a hotel room has been created for the Workshop. Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation. Please make your room reservations by 5:00 PM local time in Phoenix on March 11, 2011. Rooms and rates will be based upon availability if reservations are made after this deadline. To register by phone please contact Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and refer to the Restoration Program Workshop 2011 when making your reservations.