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.
Strong partnerships are a cornerstone of the Department of the Interior's (DOI) work and mission, serving as on-the-ground illustrations of the Secretary of the Interior's commitment to communication, consultation, cooperation, all in the service of conservation. DOI bureaus welcome the myriad partners who share common goals and interests in conserving, using and enjoying the nation's natural resources.
DOI partnerships with local municipalities, private landowners, school groups, corporations and numerous other interests are important because many natural resources – water, fish, wildlife, for example -- do not recognize boundaries and jurisdictions. Additionally, funding and other resource shortages affect all levels of government and society. Partnering can avoid duplication of effort, provide for pooling of scarce resources, and promote coordinated, focused and consistent mutual efforts toward conservation and outdoor recreation successes. The bottom line? Partnering makes sense.
DOI bureaus are eager to explore public-private partnerships in recreation and natural resources management. Here's how you can get started: