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 Highlights 35th Anniversary of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program
Office of the Secretary
New Report Details Program Has Pumped $66 Billion into the Economy and Supported 2.4 Million Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today marked the 35th anniversary of the highly successful Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, which has helped preserve historic buildings across America while serving as an economic engine for local communities.
According to a new report from the National Park Service, in the 35 years since the first project was certified through FY 2012, the program has helped generate $66 billion ($106 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars) in private investment in historic rehabilitation and supported 2.4 million jobs, which have tended to be local and more high-skilled and higher paying than new construction.
“Since its inception the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program has proven to be an extraordinary success, supporting rehabilitation of more than 38,000 historic properties,” Jewell said. “The tax incentives administered by the program help preserve our past, benefit our economy in the present, and ensure that our national heritage will be remembered in the future. They are an investment in who we are as a country, both in conserving our heritage and in building stronger, more vibrant communities for today.”
In addition, the report details that projects supported by the program have rehabilitated or created 460,000 housing units, including 124,000 low-to moderate-income units. About two-thirds of projects are located in neighborhoods at or below 80 percent of area median family income.
In Fiscal Year 2012 alone, tax incentives made possible by the program supported projects that pumped $3.5 billion into local economics, supporting an estimated 57,000 jobs.
Commonly referred to as the federal historic tax credit program, the program is administered by the National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices. It provides a 20-percent tax credit to property owners who undertake a substantial rehabilitation of a historic building in a business or income-producing use, while maintaining its historic character.
Across the country, the program has helped revive abandoned or underutilized schools, warehouses, factories, churches, retail stores, apartments, hotels, houses, agricultural buildings and offices, and, in turn, helps support the redevelopment of entire downtowns and neighborhoods. It also supports community revitalization, job creation, affordable housing, small businesses, farms and Main Street development, among other economic benefits.
“The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program is the nation's most effective program to promote historic preservation and community revitalization through historic rehabilitation,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “For 35 years, we have given these buildings a new life in a manner that maintains their historic character.”
The National Park service report marks the 35th anniversary of the first project to be certified under the program and highlights the program's accomplishments and economic benefits as well as examples of the many projects, in communities both large and small throughout the country, that have benefited from the program.
The 35th anniversary report follows the release by the National Park Service earlier this year of the Fiscal Year 2012 annual report on the program and an executive summary of a report prepared by the Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research on the economic impacts of the historic tax credit.
Additional information on the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, including the application for participation in the program; the status of historic tax credit projects; and guidance on applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation as well as technical information concerning the treatment of historic buildings is available on the National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website.