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.
Annually, in March, ESF #11 NCH will solicit the Bureaus within the Department of the Interior for individuals from within their workforce for possible deployment under ESF #11 NCH, should an activation of the National Response Framework occur. ESF #11 NCH works with the National Park Service's Emergency Incident Coordination Center to compile a list of volunteers that can be searched to identify individuals to deploy in the event of a disaster.
Should you be interested in volunteering for ESF #11 NCH, we ask that you download the volunteer resource form that you find below and submit it both to ESF #11 NCH's National Coordinator and the NPS EICC. The only requirements for your participation are that you are a current employee of the Department of the Interior and that you have been granted permission from your supervisor to be deployed on a Mission Assignment to do work under ESF #11 NCH.