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.
Endangered Species and Wetlands Report Covers the Endangered Species Act, wetlands and takings: implementation of the ESA by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers‘ management of the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program, and the interpretation of those laws by the federal courts.
Conservation and Restoration Projects Throughout the United States
Chesapeake Bay Program The Chesapeake Bay was the nation's first estuary targeted by Congress for restoration and protection. Since the 1980s, the Chesapeake Bay Program's partners have signed several agreements to reduce pollution and restore the Bay.
Elwha River Restoration Webcams and information about the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, which took place in Fall 2011, west of Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Provided by Olympic National Park, National Park Service.
Everglades Digital Library A comprehensive portal to high-quality Internet resources related to the south Florida environment, including online texts, articles, reports, photographs, maps, datasets, educational materials, and historical records, as well as links to organizational web sites and agency home pages. These materials come from libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and others.
KlamathRestoration.gov This is the official website of the Department of the Interior, and other federal and state agencies that are involved in carrying out obligations set forth in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, including the Secretarial Determination on Klamath River dams.
LaCoast.gov Covers restoration of Louisiana coastal wetlands through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.
SalmonRecovery.gov The website of the Federal Caucus, a group of ten federal agencies operating in the Columbia River Basin that have natural resource responsibilities related to the Endangeed Species Act. They organize, and coordinate the federal fish recovery and water quality efforts in order to improve the Columbia River Basin aquatic ecosystem, and coordinate execution of federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Basin Native American tribes.
Western Waters Digital Library Contains government reports, classic water literature, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and video materials about the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, and Rio Grande river basins.
Ramsar Sites Informaton Service Provides access to information on wetlands designated as internationally important under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971). These wetlands are commonly known as Ramsar Sites.
Wetlands International Wetlands International is the only global non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands.
FracFocus 2.0 Established in 2011, FracFocus is the "national hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure registry." It is managed by the Groundwater Protection Council, a nonprofit group of state groundwater regulatory agencies, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, an agency made up of governors of oil- and gas-producing states.
Imperiled Freshwater Organisms of North America Provides access to maps and lists of imperiled freshwater organisms of North America as determined by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) Endangered Species Committee (ESC). One can find lists of animals by freshwater ecoregion, by state or province boundary, and plot distributions of these same creatures by ecoregions or political boundaries.
National Wetland Plant List A national effort led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update the North American Digital Flora: National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL is used extensively in wetland delineation, wetland restoration and research, and the development of compensatory mitigation goals, as well as in providing general botanical information about wetland plants. It covers all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Caribbean and Pacific islands that are considered to be territories of the U.S.
Updating the NWPL has been a cooperative effort of the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Biota of North America, states, Indian Nations, the academic community, and the scientific portion of the public.
Stream Restoration Information The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has collected links to documents that describe current best practices, including the Federal Stream Corridor Restoration Handbook and the Stream Restoration Design handbook.
Wetlands Status and Trends The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a historical database that offers photographic evidence of land use and wetlands extent dating back to the 1950s. This provides an accurate record to assist in future restoration efforts.