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.
North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council to Meet by Teleconference
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The North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council will meet April 16, 2013 by teleconference. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m.
The Council will hear a briefing on the initiation of a review of the rural determination process and a briefing on customary and traditional use determinations in the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The Council will also review and comment on the draft Tribal Consultation Implementation Guidelines and discuss other issues related to subsistence in the North Slope Region.
The public is welcome to attend and participate in this meeting. To teleconference into this meeting, dial 1-866-560-5984, the passcode is 12960066. The agenda and other meeting materials are available at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/racdetail.cfml?rac=10. Information regarding this meeting is also available by calling the Office of Subsistence Management at (800) 478-1456 or (907) 786-3888 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.