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.
Secretary Salazar Presents Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership with Partners in Conservation Award
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership for its work in promoting the sustainability of wild salmon populations. It was one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations presented at a ceremony at Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. to honor “those who achieve natural resource goals in collaboration and partnership with others.”
The 26 Partners in Conservation Awards recognize conservation achievements resulting from the cooperation and participation of a total of 600 individuals and organizations including landowners; citizens' groups; private sector and nongovernmental organizations; and federal, state, local, and/or tribal governments.
“The Partners in Conservation Awards demonstrate that our greatest conservation legacies often emerge when stakeholders, agencies, and citizens from a wide range of backgrounds come together to address shared challenges,” the Secretary said.
“The Alaska Salmon partnership's record of accomplishment in preserving fish and wildlife habitat is nothing short of extraordinary,” he noted. “Since 2001, more than 70 diverse partners from tribal, state, federal and private entities have come together to conserve and protect 94,000 acres of habitat including rivers that are prime spawning grounds for salmon and other fish.”
The partnership's most recent success was a permanent conservation agreement protecting 21,000 acres of the Agulowak River and surrounding watershed inside Wood-Tikchik State Park. The river provides spawning habitat for 200,000 sockeye salmon and passage for another 1.2 million sockeye and other fish to spawning grounds further up in other drainages of the river.
“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of thousands of people from all walks of life, from across our nation– and from across our borders with Canada and Mexico,” Salazar noted. “They celebrate partnerships that conserve and restore our nation's treasured landscapes and watersheds, partnerships that engage Native American communities, and partnerships that engage youth.”
More than 70 individuals and organizational partners shared in the award.
Bobby Andrew, Chairman, Board of Directors, Aleknagik Natives Corporation
John DeLapp, Regional Coordinator, Conservation Partnerships, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Glenn Elison, Alaska State Director, The Conservation Fund
April Ferguson, Vice President, Briston Bay Native Corporation
Sue Flensburg, Environmental Services Manager, Bristol Bay Native Association
Carol Fries, Resource Management Specialist, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Randy Hagenstein, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy-Alaska
Tom Hawkins, retired Chief Operating Officer, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
John Henshaw, USDA Forest Service Forest Legacy Program
Bud Hobson, Owner, Tikchik Narrows Lodge
Dan Hourihan, Park Ranger (retired), Wood Tikchik State Park
Paul Jackson, formerly the Nature Conservancy-Alaska
Tiel Smith, Land Manager, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Tim Troll, Executive Director, Nushagak-Mulchatna/Wood-Tikchik Land Trust
Fred Nishimura, Business Manager, Aleknagik Native Corporation
Hjalmar Olsen, President and Board Chairman, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Ward Jones, Chairman, Board of Directors Nushagak-Mulchatna/Wood-Tikchik Land Trust Board
Russell Nelson, former Director of Operations for Choggiung LTD
Alice Ruby, former Director of Operations for Choggiung LTD
Michael Roy, Ecological Services Supervisor, USFWS Pacific Region
Aleknagik Natives Limited
Bristol Bay Native Association
Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Togiak Natives Limited-
Alaska Professional Hunters Association
Curyung Tribal Council
Nushagak-Mulchatna Watershed Council
Nushagak-Mulchatna/Wood-Tikchik Land Trust Board
The Conservation Fund
The Nature Conservancy
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Vital Ground Foundation
Dallas Ecological Foundation
Business and Corporations
Alaska Big Game Hunting
Alaska Sportsman's Lodge
Bear Bay Lodge
Cavner and Julian Inc.
Charles C. Brandt Construction Co.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.
Crystal Creek Lodge
Dallas Safari Club
Enchanted Lake Lodge
Fish Alaska Magazine
FlyMasters of Indianapolis
General Communications Inc.
Katmai Guide Service
Katmai Fishing Adventures
Kodiak Sportsman's Lodge
Rapala (Normark Corporation)
Rapids Camp Lodge
Robert Glenn Ketchum Photography
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Tikchik Narrows Lodge
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Wood-Tikchik State Park
USFWS Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge
NPS Aniakchak National Park and Preserve
USFWS Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
NPS Katmai National Park and Preserve
USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program