Forest Action Plan
Conditions and trends in American Samoa’s forest resources
American Samoa, the only territory of the United States south of the Equator, is located in the Pacific Ocean about 2,500 miles south of Hawaii and 1,600 miles northeast of New Zealand. The natural vegetation of American Samoa is tropical rainforest, due to the warm climate and year-round rainfall. Forests provide American Samoa’s residents with numerous ecological, cultural, and economic values.
Development of the American Samoa Forest Action Plan was a collaborative and iterative process. The American Samoa Community College Division of Community and Natural Resources (ASCC CNR) solicited involvement from local stakeholders and experts throughout the process. The plan describes the general conditions and trends in American Samoa’s forest resources and threats to those resources, identifies critical issues and delineates priority landscapes.