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.
STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BEFORE THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, CONCERNING H.R. 1846, TO AMEND THE ACT ESTABLISHING THE LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
OCTOBER 3, 2013
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to present the Department of the Interior's views on H.R. 1846, to amend the Act establishing the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, and for other purposes.
The Department supports enactment of H.R. 1846 with technical amendments. This bill would add a nearby property to the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site.
The Lower East Side Tenement at 97 Orchard Street in New York City was designated a national historic site and made an “affiliated site” of the National Park System on November 12, 1998 (Public Law 105-378). The Lower East Side Tenement is owned and operated by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a nonprofit organization. Similar to many other affiliated areas of the National Park Service, the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site receives financial and technical assistance from the National Park Service, as authorized by law.
After being shuttered for over 50 years, the property at 97 Orchard Street was carefully restored by the museum to depict the lives of immigrants who lived in the five-story tenement between 1869 and 1935. The Lower East Side Tenement is the continuation of the story of the experience of immigrants after they arrived in the United States. It explains what happened once after they were processed at Ellis Island and, before that, at Castle Clinton. Many immigrants lived in dwellings in New York's Lower East Side similar to 97 Orchard Street. The museum's efforts to expand the stories it tells to include the contemporary immigrant experience from 1935 to the present will complement the interpretive work the National Park Service is doing at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Castle Clinton.
H.R. 1846 would revise the national historic site's 1998 designation to include 103 Orchard Street, which the museum purchased in 2007 to serve as a visitor center and provide exhibition and classroom space. The 2006 General Management Plan that the National Park Service prepared for the national historic site identified the need for improved administrative functions and visitor services that would be addressed by adding a property to the site. The bill would not provide any funding authority beyond that which current law already provides.
We recommend that the committee amend the bill to make some technical corrections to the findings contained in Section 2 to provide greater accuracy. We would be happy to work with the committee on these recommended amendments.