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.
The NPS encourages qualified scientists to undertake research on park physical, biological and other resources under the aegis of park Scientific Research and Collecting Permits. Such permits are issued for scientific and educational purposes only. The specimens and components of specimens may not be used for commercial or other revenue-generating purposes. Parties proposing commercial use of research results must enter into an agreement to share benefits with NPS or an agreement in which NPS explicitly declines to share benefits. In accordance with the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into negotiations with the research community and private industry for equitable, efficient benefits-sharing arrangements, NPS has developed policy and procedures to implement benefits-sharing. For each benefits-sharing agreement, NPS proposes to choose an applicable agreement type from among several available authorities. TheCooperative Research and Development Agreement, authorized by the FTTA, is one such option.