My Name is James Gurr
…born and raised in American Samoa. I have always been interested in the outdoors. I remember always tending my family’s vegetable farm. After many subsequent trips to our farm and exploring the native forest, I realized how great it would be to understand how plants grow and survive. After attending our community college, I went abroad to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Botany. Shortly after, I returned to American Samoa and continued to work for my parent’s vegetable farm. One year later I was employed by the National Park of American Samoa. I have been on temporary assignments for eight years with the Park and worked in various divisions. My passion for the trees brings me yet again to an important highlight of my career with the NPS. I am now working with the Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring Program. I currently work with a crew of 5 people: Visa Vaivai (crew leader), Anthony Wyberski, Tanu Iosefa, Sala Eliu, and Lafaele Alosio. This is an amazing crew. We are all natives of American Samoa from different backgrounds with a shared passion for the outdoors. The crew members have contributed valuable information and moral support, both individually and as a group, to the Focal Terrestrial Plant Community monitoring project currently underway here in American Samoa. I am proud to be a part of this I&M crew and looking forward to completing the project. Faafetai lava.
~ James Gurr, NPS