• Fa'asamoa

    National Park of American Samoa

    American Samoa

Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Compendium (PDF File)

Each national park has specific local regulations called the Superintendent's Compendium. These regulations are established under the superintendent's discretionary authority under Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Superintendent's Compendium helps provide for the enjoyment, use, and protection of the National Park of American Samoa. It is a compilation of park-specific regulations to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural and cultural resources, and aid in scientific research.

Laws that Established the National Park of American Samoa
Public Law
100-571 -- October 31, 1988 (established the park), and Public Law 107-336 -- December 16, 2002 (expanded the park); view as a pdf file.

National Park Service Management Policies

 
The Lease to Obtain Lands for the Park
Early attempts to establish a national park in American Samoa failed when there seemed no way for the government to acquire traditionally owned village lands for a public park. Decades later the High Court of American Samoa and the U.S. Congress developed a compromise allowing lease of the necessary lands for this park. The lease agreement colors many of the visitor and park management practices that can occur within the park. View the lease agreement as a pdf file.

Did You Know?

A humpback whale breaches almost entirely out of the water

During the warm months of the southern hemisphere, Samoa’s humpback whales feed in the rich Antarctica waters, 3,200 miles to the south. When Antarctic's bitter winter sets in, humpbacks seek warmer waters, migrating northward, towards Australia and Tonga. At least some migrate onward to Samoa.