Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: New Report on Science Needs for the Alaska Region
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In April 2011 the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) co-sponsored a workshop on shared science needs within the Western Alaska LCC (WALCC). Results from that workshop are now available at http://www.arcus.org/western-alaska-lcc/spring-workshop-2011/report. This report identifies critical research, monitoring and information gaps related to resource management in the face of climate change, particularly within western Alaska. Moreover, the report lays out a series of “next steps” for use in guiding the WALCC's science planning process, as well as for connecting to the efforts of the AK CSC and other regional partners. For more information, please contact AK CSC Director Steve Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) or WALCC Science Coordinator Joel Reynolds (Joel_Reynolds@fws.gov).