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 Apache Trout Habitat Restoration Project 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 Apache Trout Habitat Restoration project for their work on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.
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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and White Mountain Apache Tribe's Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Department have done a tremendous job protecting the Apache trout fish, a threatened species, and improving the health and vigor of the ponderosa pine, which is commercially important for the Apache Tribe.”
The Apache trout is found exclusively within the White Mountains of Arizona with more than 50 percent of that range located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The FWS and the tribe have collaborated to improve habitat using tree logs that were thinned from a ponderosa pine stand. Trees that were designated to be removed were limbed and bucked leaving a 10-foot butt log on the ground for use by the fisheries biologists. Approximately 300 logs were removed from the ponderosa pine stand and used in the Apache Trout restoration. Samples have already show Apache Trout using these log structures In addition, the health and vigor of a ponderosa pine stand was improved.
“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of 600 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.”
The participants in the Apache Trout Habitat Restoration Project include
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Ronald Miller U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jeremy Voeltz White Mountain Apache Tribe Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Department