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.
To strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal subsistence fisheries management and research the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The Partners Program is a competitive grant that is directed at providing funding for biologist /social scientist/educator positions in Alaska Native and rural organizations with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal subsistence management. In addition, the program supports a variety of opportunities for local, rural students to connect with subsistence resource monitoring and management through science camps and paid internships. The program has fostered more than 100 partnerships among local, tribal, State, Federal and academic organizations. The program has mentored over 80 college and 200 high school students from rural communities.
The next funding opportunity is now open and closes August 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Alaska Time)
In 2012, the Partners Program funded six positions, four full-time and two part-time, within the following organizations:
Bristol Bay Native Association, Dillingham – 1 full-time fishery biologist and 1 part-time Fisheries Internship Program Coordinator