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.
For thousands of years, Alaska Natives harvest fish and wildlife resources.
Following the Alaska Purchase, the Federal government manages Alaska's fish and wildlife resources.
The Federal government transfers the authority to manage fish and wildlife in Alaska to the new State government.
Congress passes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which conveys to Alaska Natives title to more than 40 million acres of land and nearly $ 1 billion in compensation. ANCSA also extinguishes aboriginal hunting and fishing rights. The Conference Committee report expresses the expectation that the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Alaska would take the action necessary to protect the subsistence needs of Alaska Natives.
State subsistence law creates a priority for subsistence use over all other uses of fish and wildlife, but does not define subsistence users.
Congress passes the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which protects the subsistence needs of rural Alaskans.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries and Game adopts regulations creating a rural subsistence priority. The State program is in compliance with ANILCA.
The Alaska Supreme Court rules that the rural residency preference violates the Alaska Constitution.
The Federal government begins managing subsistence hunting, trapping and fishing on Alaska's Federal public lands and non-navigable waters.
The Federal government adopts final subsistence management regulations for Federal public lands.
Federal Regional Advisory Councils are established.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the Federal Subsistence Board should expand its management of subsistence fisheries to include all navigable waters in which the United States holds reserve water rights, such as waters on or next to wildlife refuges, national parks, and national forests. Congressional moratoriums prevent this ruling from taking effect until October 1, 1999.
Federal subsistence management expands to include fisheries on all Federal public lands and waters.
Secretary of the Interior announces comprehensive review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program.
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture announce their decision to make a number of changes to the program.read more>>
Based on the review recommendations, the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture issue a memorandum directing that the Federal Subsistence Board initiate several actions, including increasing the membership of the Federal Subsistence Board to include two public members representing rural subsistence users.
Two public members are appointed to the Federal Subsistence Board by the Secretaries. The Federal Subsistence Board adopts its Tribal consultation policy. The policy provides the framework for the Board's consultations with Federally recognized Tribes on ANILCA, Title VIII, subsistence matters under the Board's authority, while maintaining the central role of the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils as advisors to the Board. The Board delayed development of an ANCSA corporation consultation policy, pending the release of the Department of the Interior's ANCSA corporations consultation policy.