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: Alaska CSC Lead Scientist Discusses Fire Ecology
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Jeremy Littell, Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) Lead Scientist, will present two talks for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at the Spring Alaska Fire Science Workshop in Fairbanks, AK, April 2, 2014.
The first talk, entitled "The limits of statistical fire modeling: what goes up must come down", will discuss advances in the statistical modeling of fire-climate relationships and projections of future fire activity given anticipated climate changes in the lower 48 western U.S..
The second talk, entitled "Smokey Bear and Prometheus fist-fight in heaven", is a public talk about the general nature of past, present, and future fire-climate relationships and fuels in the west.
Both fire managers and the public in fire-prone interior Alaska can benefit from understanding the expected changes in fire regimes under climate change. The purpose of these talks is to further catalyze research in Alaska that is comparable to work that has been done in the lower 48 but recognizes Alaska's unique climate, fuels, and fire management objectives.
Please contact Alaska CSC Director Steve Gray (email@example.com) with questions or comments.