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.
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH) participates in a variety of exercises throughout the year. The goals of these exercises are to gain valuable experience and lessons learned that can be applied in a true emergency. These exercises also serve to educate other participants about ESF #11 NCH and encourage consideration of natural and cultural resources in preparing for and responding to a disaster.
This page will be updated with information about exercises in which ESF #11 NCH has participated, as well as known upcoming training that may benefit NCH responders.
Liberty Radiological Exercise
The Liberty Radiological Exercise (Liberty RadEx) was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 2010. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored the exercise which simulated a detonation of a Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD). Since the exercise began play 60 days after the detonation of the RDD, players could focus on recovery efforts directed toward the impacted area.
The exercise allowed ESF #11 NCH players and observers to experience how the program would fit into the response phase of a disaster, and learn the existing techniques for treating historic artifacts and buildings that are impacted by radiological contamination.