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.
2015-2017 Federal Subsistence Fish and Shellfish Proposals
The Office of Subsistence Management is accepting proposals through March 28, 2014to change Federalregulations for the subsistence harvest of fish and shellfish on Federal public lands. Proposed changes are for April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017.
Please submit the information noted belowto propose changes to harvest limits, season dates, methods and means of harvest, orcustomary and traditional use determinations. Submit a separate proposal for each change you propose. If you live in a resident zone community of a national park or national monument, or if you already hold a Section 13.440 subsistence use permit issued bya National Park Service superintendent, you may apply for an individual customary and traditional use determination.
How to Prepare Your Proposal
When preparing your proposal, it is important that you include the following information:
·Address, Phone, Fax and Email
·What your proposal suggests a change to (indicate all that apply)
oMethod and means of harvest
oCustomary and traditional use determination
Your proposal should also answer the following questions:
1.What regulations do you wish to change? Include management unit number and species. Quote the current regulation if known. If you are proposing a new regulation, please state “new regulation.”
2.How should the new regulation read? Write the regulation the way you would like to see it written in the regulations.
3.Why should this regulation change be made?
4.What impact will this change have on fish or shellfish populations?
5.How will this change affect subsistence users?
6.How will this change affect other users, i.e., sport/recreational and commercial?
After answering these questions, you are encouraged to attach any additional information that would support your proposal.