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.
Federal Responders are the backbone of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH). Federal responders volunteer to accept a temporary tour of duty to aid others affected by a disaster; they are paid federal employees. When a disaster occurs that threatens or damages NCH resources, we call on a cadre of responders from within the Department of the Interior and our support agencies to respond. These responders have years of experience, unique skill sets, and possess broad knowledge on natural and cultural resources. Thus, the Federal Government, through ESF #11 NCH, sends the very best individuals into the field to help States, Tribes, Territories, and local governments respond to disasters that affect NCH resources. For information on how to get involved please explore the links seen below.