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.
The Regional Advisory Councils provide advice and recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board about subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing issues on Federal public lands. Membership on the Councils is one way for the public to become involved in the Federal regulatory process. Each Council has either 10 or 13 members.
Regional Advisory Council members are appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, usually to three-year terms. The Councils meet at least twice a year, in Sep/Oct and Feb/Mar. While Council members are not paid for their volunteer service, their transportation and lodging are pre-paid and per diem is provided for food and other expenses under Federal travel guidelines.
Review and make recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on proposals for regulations, policies, management plans, and other subsistence-related issues on Federal public lands within the region;
Develop proposals for the subsistence harvest of fish and wildlife; review proposals others submit;
Encourage and promote local participation in the decision-making process affecting subsistence harvests on Federal public lands;
Make recommendations on customary and traditional use determinations of subsistence resources; and,
Appoint members to National Park Subsistence Resource Commissions;
Provide open forum for public expression of opinions regarding any matter related to subsistence.
RESIDENT of the region member represents
RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE – Knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources
SUBSISTENCE USES – Knowledge of the region's subsistence uses, customs, and traditions
OTHER USES – Knowledge of the region's sport, commercial, and other uses
LEADERSHIP SKILLS – Leadership and experience with local regional organizations
COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Ability to communicate effectively
AVAILABILITY – Willingness to travel to attend two or more Council meetings each year (usually in October and February) and occasionally attend Federal Subsistence Board meetings.
Regional Council Member Appointment Process Overview
August 2014 - January 2015
Application period open for Regional Advisory Councils.
February - April 2015
Interagency Regional Nominations Panels conduct interviews and meet to rate and rank applicants.
Federal Subsistence Board reviews panel reports and develops recommendations.
September - December 2015
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture review recommendations and appoint members to the Regional Advisory Councils. Appointments are typically made by December 2 each year.