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 Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program was established to help provide information needed for management of subsistence fisheries on Federal public lands in Alaska. The program funds projects that address research priorities identified by management agencies and the public through the Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.
Funding has been awarded to Alaska Native organizations, rural organizations, universities, Federal and State agencies, and private contractors. Projects include studies of the status of fish stocks, subsistence harvest and use patterns, and collection and analysis of traditional knowledge. The program also works to integrate Alaska Native and rural organizations into the management of subsistence fisheries by having the level of rural involvement as one of the criteria for evaluating investigation plans.