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.
Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils to Hold Meetings Statewide
Last edited 4/27/2016
The 10 Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils will meet during February and March to discuss subsistence wildlife issues and develop proposals to change Federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations for 2014-2016 as well as other issues affecting subsistence in their regions.
The public is welcome to participate in these meetings in person or by teleconference. The meeting schedule is as follows:
Feb. 12-13, Bristol Bay Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, Bristol Bay Borough Chamber, Naknek, Contact: Donald Mike, (907) 786-3629, email@example.com
Feb. 20-21, Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, Hilton Garden Inn, Anchorage, Contact: Donald Mike (907) 786-3629 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar. 26-27, Kodiak/Aleutians Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, Kodiak Inn, Kodiak, Contact: Tom Jennings, (907) 786-3364, email@example.com
Meeting dates and locations are subject to change.
For additional information regarding each meeting, contact the meeting coordinator listed above or the Office of Subsistence Management at 800-478-1456, (907) 786-3888 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. The meeting materials and teleconference information for each meeting will be posted on the Federal Subsistence Management Program's website, http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/rac.cfml, approximately two-weeks prior to each meeting. Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program is also available at this site.
If you need special accommodations for disabilities, please contact the meeting coordinator or the Office of Subsistence Management approximately one-week prior to the meeting.