Amata Highlights National Park of American Samoa for National Park Week
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting the National Park of American Samoa as part of National Park Week (April 17-25), an initiative of the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation. The NPS is part of the Department of the Interior, and within the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Committee in Congress.
The United States is home to 63 National Parks and 423 sites in the National Park system, including monuments, memorials, battlefields, historic sites, and scenic trails.
Of these, the National Park of American Samoa is unique, as the only one south of the Equator, a multi-site Park on several islands, home to plants and wildlife species not found elsewhere in the U.S., and includes offshore preserved coral reefs.
Congresswoman Amata and U.S. Mint Director David Ryder joined a hardworking team from the Park sheltering from a tropical rain in Feb. 2020
“In American Samoa, we are blessed with beautiful places and coastlines, and our National Park helps preserve and highlight these wonderful places,” said Congresswoman Amata. “We must maintain the national commitment to these treasures that began with early visionaries like John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, considered the first conservationist President. Funding and maintaining our parks ensures their permanent attraction to visitors, so generations can benefit from all the learning and healthy activities at parks.”
Last year, Congress passed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which supports National Parks and guarantees $900 million yearly in the important Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Act has been described as the most substantial conservation legislation in a generation, and “a conservationist’s dream” by the National Parks Conservation Association.
In this Act, Congress provided new support for grants to states, territories and local governments regarding recreation and conservation, as the LCWF helps fund the four main federal land programs: National Parks, National Forests, Fish and Wildlife, and Bureau of Land Management.
Congress also established a National Park and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund, providing up to $9 billion nationally over the next five years for deferred maintenance at national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. Of that, $6.5 billion is designated for the maintenance of NPS sites to include the National Park of American Samoa.