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.
FISHERIES UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF August 10 – August 16, 2014.
Compiled by George Pappas - (907) 786-3822, George_Pappas@fws.gov Office of Subsistence Management, USFWS.
The purpose of the weekly fisheries update is to provide the reader with an overall summary of the status of subsistence related fisheries throughout the state of Alaska. The target audience is the Federal Subsistence Board and its Staff Committee. The report was compiled with the assistance of the Federal in-season managers and OSM staff that provided weekly updated information by the close of business on Friday of the reporting week. My goal is to have the report posted on the Office of Subsistence website by the close of business the following Monday. Web links have been included to provide additional information. You may obtain additional information on a fishery of particular interest by contacting the in-season manager, provided contacts, follow the provided web links, or contact me.
Sitka and Hoonah Area – Justin Koller, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest Justin Koller, (907)747-4297 email@example.com
On August 17th, 13 sockeye passed the weir bringing the season total to 17,066. The in-season model is predicting 19,156 sockeye will enter the lake this year with mean absolute percent error 18,494-19,818. Based on the predicted escapement and in accordance with the Redoubt Lake Management Plan, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game increased the subsistence sockeye individual/household limit to 25 possession and 100 annual effective July 16th. The sport bag and possession limit was increased to six sockeye.
The Forest Service and the Organized Village of Kake operate the Falls Lake trap and video net weirs. As of August 17th, 1,521 sockeye have been trapped and about 1,300 sockeye have been harvested in the subsistence fishery. Preliminary estimates indicate that there are about 2,500 sockeye in the lake. The final escapement in 2013 was estimated at 1,120 while the final subsistence and sport harvest in the marine terminal area was 880. Subsistence harvest accounted for over 98% of terminal area harvest.