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.
Interior Report Finds Mistakes Made, but No Scientific Misconduct at Point Reyes National Seashore
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Matter Referred for Appropriate Administrative Action
Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has completed a review of allegations that officials and scientists in the National Park Service (NPS) suppressed or failed to disclose existing or available NPS data related to aquaculture activities and harbor seal populations in the upper portion of Drakes Estero within Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE) in California.
The review, done by the DOI Solicitor's Office, analyzes the factual record which supports conclusions that there was no criminal violation or scientific misconduct but that NPS, as an organization and through its employees, made mistakes which may have contributed to an erosion of public confidence. Specifically, several NPS employees mishandled research in the form of photographic images showing the activities of humans, birds, and harbor seals at upper Drakes Estero in PORE.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Will Shafroth and National Park Service Deputy Director Peggy O'Dell are overseeing a full review of the Solicitor's Office report. O'Dell is responsible for ensuring that all appropriate corrective action is taken. To protect the legal rights of affected NPS employees, DOI will not discuss any personnel action that may be taken, and will not publicize the individual names associated with the report.
To read the report, click here. To read Acting Assistant Secretary Shafroth's referral letter, click here, and Deputy Director O'Dell's response, click here.