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.
SPECIAL ACTION SUBSISTENCE FISHING Under Authority of 50 CFR Part 100.10 and .19 36 CFR Part 242.10 and .19
Special Action No.: 3-KS-01-14 Issued at: Bethel, Alaska May 16,2014 Effective Date: May 20, 2014 12:01 a.m. Expiration Date: July 18,2014 11:59 p.m. unless superseded by subsequent Special Action
EXPLANATION: Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River win be closed to fishing for king salmon to non-Federal qualified users to provide for escapement.
REGULATION 50 CFR 100.27(e)(4)(ii) is amended to add: Federal public waters in that portion of the Kuskokwim River drainage that are within and adjacent to the exterior boundaries of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge are closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon except by the residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok and Kongiganek. Based on observed run strength, and in consideration of conservation concerns and escapement goals, the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager may open porti01lS of the drainage to the take of Chinook salmon.
JUSTIFICATION Biological Since 2010, the Kuskokwim River has suffered from poor king salmon returns. 2013 was the lowest return on record. The 2014 State of Alaska king salmon forecast is for a return of 94,000 Chinook (range of 71,000-117,000). The drainage-wide escapement goal is 65,000-1 20,000. If 1101 E Tudor Road, MS 121 Anchorage, Alaska 99503 (907) 786-3888/(800) 478-1456 Fax (907) 786-3898 the 2014 return is within the forecast, then there win be enough fish to meet escapement goals and perhaps provide for a very limited king salmon subsistence harvest. The majority of tributary escapement goals on rivers within the Kuskokwim drainage were not met in 2013 and an weir assessment projects had the lowest Chinook counts on record. Given consecutive years of low king salmon returns and a forecast that indicates a return barely adequate to meet escapement needs, it win be necessary to impose strict conservation measures .. In addition to the anticipated closure to Chinook harvest for non-subsistence users on Federal public lands, severe chinook harvest restrictions to subsistence users are expected to be in place for the 2014 season with little harvestable surplus available.