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 NPS Employees with Partners in Conservation Award for "Making Friends" Guidebook
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to five employees in the National Park Service's offices in Omaha, Nebraska, and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia for their work in creating the “Making Friends” Guidebook. The handbook gives tips for creating, growing and managing one of the Friends Groups set up to help local national parks.
Rich Fedorchak of Harpers Ferry and four Omaha employees -- Mary Hanson, Roger Knowlton, Michael D. Pflaum and Marty Sterkel -- share one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations presented at a ceremony at Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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. “This valuable National Park Service publication aims to shed light on the fundamental aspects of creating a partnership and it can also be a guide for existing Friends Groups to increase their capabilities.”
Friends Groups are established to help support interpretive, educational, and scientific activities through fundraising, membership programs, and awareness building. The handbook includes organizational development tips, sample agreements, model case studies, checklists, and lists of contacts and resources to assist in the building of Friends Groups.