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Botanical and Ethnobotanical Inventories of the National Park of American Samoa

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Title: Botanical and Ethnobotanical Inventories of the National Park of American Samoa
Authors: Ragone, Diane
Lorence, David H.
LC Subject Headings: National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)
Plants -- American Samoa.
Vegetation surveys -- American Samoa.
Ethnobotany -- American Samoa.
Issue Date: Nov 2006
Publisher: Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Ragone D, Lorence DH. 2006. Botanical and ethnobotanical inventories of the National Park of American Samoa. Honolulu (HI): Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Technical Report, 170. 91 pages.
Series/Report no.: Technical Report
Abstract: The existing and proposed areas of the National Park of American Samoa (NPSA) integrate a unique combination of Samoan cultural components and biological resources, both marine and terrestrial. Effective management of any natural area depends upon a knowledge of the resources it contains, thus necessitating comprehensive botanical and ethnobotanical surveys. An assessment of the extent, diversity, and use of botanical resources will provide needed baseline data for developing appropriate management strategies to guide the successful integration of fa’asamoa and long-term sustainable use of these resources. A total of 232 species were recorded during our surveys, and 104 species were counted and/or measured within plots that encompassed 15,260m2 (3.8 acres) on the islands of Ta’u, Ofu, and Olosega in the Manu’a Group of American Samoa. The plots ranged in size from 800m2 to 5500m2. A total of 1688 trees representing 52 species with a ≥ 5 cm dbh were counted and measured. In addition, 1234 plants representing 102 species (trees < 5 cm dbh, seedlings, shrubs, vines, and herbs) were counted within random plots in the study areas.
Description: Reports were scanned in black and white at a resolution of 600 dots per inch and were converted to text using Adobe Paper Capture Plug-in.
Sponsor: We are indebted to all of the people who graciously shared their knowledge and expertise with us in interviews and recorded conversations. We are especially grateful to the families who provided us with lodging and a home base for our work in the Manu’a Islands. Aliilelei Phil Laolagi and Elizabeth (Bekka) Laolagi allowed us to convert the Asaga Inn into a field station during our stay on Ofu and Olosega, and helped us with logistics, transportation, and meetings with matai and village residents. Ola Aloese, Malaga Faga Lata Tau and his wife, Lesa Lata Tau, all helped make our stay there a pleasurable and very productive one. Sega Apisai Atoe and his wife Palagi kindly welcomed us into their home in Fitiuta, and we enjoyed the warm hospitality of their daughter Florita and her husband, Fale Laulii Lauofo.
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
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