Welcome to American Samoa
ACE is proud to serve as a convergence of cultures, where American youth and their international counterparts contribute equally to important restoration projects. When the National Park of American Samoa (NPSA) asked ACE staff to visit the Pacific island nation to help develop an American Samoan corps creating jobs and promoting economic self-sufficiency for local village youth, we were honored, excited, and perhaps a bit nervous to assist. The resulting partnership, launched in October of 2011, engaged 25 American Samoan youth who otherwise would have further contributed to the island nation’s staggering unemployment rate. Trained under the mentorship of NPSA biologists and deployed in NPSA’s longstanding efforts to purge American Samoa’s verdant native paleotropic rainforests from the ravenous invasion of exotic Tamaligi and Red Seed Trees, ACE’s American Samoan corpsmembers accomplished 21,000 hours of restoration work during the 2012 fiscal year.
Additionally, ACE facilitated the internships of four NPSA employees who came to experience work in mainland National Parks. The purpose of this exchange was to provide the Samoans with exposure to the greater National Park Service mission and to foster a reciporical sharing of cultures. The participants were hosted by Pinnacles National Monument, Sequoia National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Navajo National Monument, and Dry Tortugas National Park.