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.
Damage assessment cases are conducted by one or more of the five resource management bureaus within the Department: (Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Land Management; National Park Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and Bureau of Reclamation). Economic analytical support is provided by the Office of Policy Analysis . Scientific / technical analysis and support is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Legal counsel is provided by the Office of the Solicitor. In nearly all cases, assessment activities are carried out in partnership with other affected federal, state, and/or tribal co-trustees. These partnerships have proven advantageous for all involved, as cooperation and consultation among the trustees facilitates addressing overlapping areas of trustee concern, and consolidates those concerns into a single case. Trustees can also share data, achieve economies of scale, avoid duplication of effort and minimize administrative burdens. Responsible parties also benefit, as they are able to address trustee concerns in a single, unified case.