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.
Strickland Lauds Progress on Management Issues Related to Cape Hatteras, Bonner Bridge
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WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland today lauded the progress of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for their work to balance important management issues related to North Carolina's Outer Banks.
“The work of these two agencies shows that the conservation of fish and wildlife and its habitat on the Outer Banks can be consistent with the transportation, recreation, and economic needs of local communities,” said Strickland. “I applaud the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for their commitment to engaging the local communities, gathering ideas, and applying the best science to guide wise management decisions.”
On Friday, December 17, the Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration outlining additional steps agreed to by the two agencies that will protect Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge but will also allow construction of a new bridge to replace Herbert C Bonner Bridge. The Department of the Interior worked closely with FHWA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation over the past few months to craft a path forward.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service today made available the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan. In the Record of Decision, the Service adopted its preferred alternative to address resource protection (including protected, threatened, or endangered species), potential conflicts among the various Seashore users, and visitor safety.