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 the Outdoor Recreation Business Plan Guidebook Team 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 Outdoor Recreation Business Plan Guidebook Team for creating a publication for recreation professionals that assists in effective fiscal planning and management, by sharing the knowledge and practices of current park managers.
This team received 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. “By simplifying the business plan process and involving park managers in the creation of the Outdoor Recreation Business Plan Guidebook, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation and the volunteers who worked on this project have created an inexpensive alternative that encourages the best recreation business practices.”
Using the Outdoor Recreation Business Plan Guidebook, recreation managers are able to create, revise and update business plans without the assistance of consultants. Past business plans prepared by consultants may have cost park managers $20,000 or more but by using the guidebook, business plans can be prepared for less than half the cost and in less time. The authors report that the business plans are more time sensitive to trends, inflation and other influences, as well as have more value, use and acceptance by each park.
The following groups and individuals share this Partners in Conservation Award: