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.
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Compact Trust Funds
Under Section 215 and Section 216 of the Compact, as amended, the Government of the United States of America and the Governments of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands recognizing their mutual intention to discontinue annual grant assistance beyond fiscal year 2023, and desiring to contribute to the long-term budgetary self-reliance of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, established a Trust Fund for the People of the Federated States of Micronesia and a Trust Fund for the People of the Marshall Islands, to provide the respective governments with an ongoing source of revenue after fiscal year 2023.