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Celebrating Earth Day, National Park Week, and Arbor Day

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Yesterday was Earth Day (Monday), and this week is National Park Week, with Arbor Day coming along on Friday.

“These three events work in harmony to promote taking care of our resources, making responsible trash and recycling choices, supporting the treasures of our National Parks, and encouraging the importance worldwide of healthy trees to provide better air and wildlife habitat,” Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata said, highlighting current conservation efforts in the U.S. Congress’s Natural Resources Committee.

  “As an original cosponsor, I’m pleased to help co-lead bipartisan conservation legislation that would have nationwide impacts in promoting better preservation along with encouraging outdoor activities.”

“Thank you most of all to our local National Park employees and volunteers,” she said. “Our National Park of American Samoa is unique among the others. All over our islands with tropical rainforest, we have abundant natural beauty that we can take pride in and leave to each new generation.”

The National Park of American Samoa is the only one south of the Equator, a multi-site Park on several islands, home to South Pacific plants and species not found elsewhere in the U.S., and includes offshore coral reefs.

In 2020, Congress passed the comprehensive bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which included increased support for National Parks and guaranteed funds in the important Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). As the most substantial conservation legislation in decades, the law was called as “a conservationist’s dream” by the National Parks Conservation Association.

National Park Week is an initiative of the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation. The NPS is part of the Department of the Interior, under the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Committee in Congress for oversight and funding. The United States is home to 63 National Parks and 424 sites in the National Park system, including monuments, memorials, battlefields, historic sites, and scenic trails.

2024 THEME DAYS

Each day of National Park Week has a special theme to showcase many ways to experience, learn, or get involved with national parks and what we do outside of our park boundaries. Tuesday, April 23- Saturday, April 27 calendar:

Tuesday, April 23: Innovation. History of our nation's innovation is preserved in national parks. Also learn about the innovative projects happening in parks or through our programs toy.

Wednesday, April 24: Workforce Wednesday. Meet our incredible workforce of employees, interns, fellows, volunteers, contractors, partners, and more.

Thursday, April 25: Youth Engagement. Calling the rising generation of stewards.

Friday, April 26: Community Connections. Learn about the important work our programs and partners are doing in communities across the country both within and outside of our park boundaries.

Saturday, April 27: Junior Ranger Day. For kids (and kids at heart).

Sunday, April 28: Arts in Parks. Find your muse creating arts within parks.

BACKGROUND

Amata is an original cosponsor of the America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act, H.R. 7408, which invests $320 million in grant opportunities to work with state and territory wildlife action plans. She is also an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences Act (EXPLORE) Act, supporting recreational activities in a host of ways. Related efforts in the Natural Resources Committee include the bipartisan Save Our Sequoias Act, and the bipartisan Military and Veterans in Parks (MVP) Act, which includes access upgrades for Wounded Warriors, and works with nonprofits that support outdoor activities for veterans and service members.

 

Sources: Press releases from Uifa’atali Amata’s office, and National Park Service