25 Jan 2010

American Samoa announces National Park upgrade

10:25 am on 25 January 2010

The National Park of American Samoa, which is overseen by the U.S. government, is investing more in the Manu'a Islands, where half of the park lands are located.

Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds says having staff and attention brought to the Manu'a Islands will help to provide for both tourism and the protection of the Samoan rainforest, coral reef and Samoan culture.

The first of these efforts will be stationing a Park Ranger in Ofu island to increase education and support to the National Park lands and the people of Ofu and Olosega islands.

Special research equipment is also being installed in Ofu.

The research will help to examine climate change impact on coral reefs, which in turn will both help promote and protect this valuable natural and cultural resource.