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.
It is a priority for the Department that we work with tribal leaders to ensure that Indian landowners are (a) aware of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), (b) understand the opportunity to sell their fractional interests for the benefit of the tribal community, and (c) have the assistance they need to make informed decisions and complete the process if they chose to sell.
Outreach to individual landowners is critical to the success of the Buy-Back Program. Effective outreach helps to advertise the Program, stimulate land use planning, identify willing sellers, locate owners who are whereabouts unknown (WAU), and determine tribal priorities regarding what type of fractionated tracts tribes wish to have purchased.
We know that tribal leaders and members know best how to reach their citizens. The Department is entering into cooperative agreements that outline the role that tribal governments would like to have in the Program's implementation.
Outreach is a critical piece of the cooperative agreement. Many tribes have the resources and personnel to conduct outreach on their own, but we have provided the following materials in order to better assist you. We will continue to update and add additional materials as they become available.