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: AK CSC Announces Additional Support for Tribal Projects
Last edited 4/26/2016
The Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC), working in partnership with the Northwest Climate Science Center and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, will fund an innovative tribal project aimed at understanding climate change impacts on subsistence foods, and how seven tribes in the Chugach region of Alaska can adapt to these changes. Led by the Chugachmiut Tribal Council, this research will compliment three jointly funded projects that were previously selected by the two CSCs and North Pacific LCC (see http://www.doi.gov/csc/alaska/news/ak-csc-joins-partners-to-support-tribal-projects.cfm).
Project Title: Berry Risk Mapping and Modeling of Native and Exotic Defoliators in Alaska
Summary: Chugachmiut is a tribal consortium representing the seven tribes of the Chugach region of Alaska (Chenega Bay, Eyak, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Qutekcak, Tatitlek, and Valdez). The Native people of this region rely heavily on gathered food for sustenance and nourishment. In the traditional Native diet berries were the only sweet food, and hence are culturally as well as nutritionally important. A recent outbreak of geometrid moths has decimated subsistence berry harvests in south-central Alaska. According to tribal elders and scientific records, this is the first time such an outbreak has been seen in the area. Changing climatic conditions may be linked to factors allowing the moth populations to grow to levels capable of destroying the berry resource. This project will develop a risk model to predict where subsistence berry plants will be most resistant to geometrid attack. Study results will be used to target forest management operations and other adaptation measures in areas most likely to be resistant to moth outbreaks, and to promote sustainable berry production.
Cooperators include the USDA Forest Service and Colorado State University