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: DOI Secretary to Visit the Pacific Islands and Alaska Climate Science Centers
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Secretary Sally Jewell is planning to visit the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) on Tuesday, September 3 and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) on Wednesday, September 4 to discuss the CSCs role in working with partners to support resource management, planning and adaptation in the face of regional climate change. The AK CSC will discuss their Gulf of Alaska Glacier's Project and their other collaborations with researchers from a wide range of state and federal agencies. The PI CSC will discuss the role of climate science in planning for impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities and ecosystems; research and planning for climate impacts to seabirds and their habitat in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; and the essential role of freshwater assessments and predictions for community planning and risk management.