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.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
The NC CSC consortium and partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, impacts assessment, modeling, urban environments, and advanced information technology. The NC CSC brings together the latest data, tools, and knowledge on the impacts of climate change, and works directly with resource managers to promote climate-informed conservation and provides researchers an opportunity to work with an engaged and proactive applied management community. Providing users with data, technology, and training that incorporates the best possible understanding of past, present, and future climate into the decision process is an important goal for the NC CSC. This expertise is needed to deal with climate issues in the North Central region, where changes in temperature and precipitation are predicted to have significant effects on streams, forests, and agricultural lands, in addition to the fish, wildlife, and human communities supported by these environments.
The NC CSC is hosted by Colorado State University and is comprised of a regional University Consortium that includes researchers, students, and staff from: Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Montana, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University. In addition to the host and consortium institutions, the NC CSC also collaborates with other important partner institutions including USGS Centers and DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. To learn more about the NC CSC university consortium, please visit the university consortium website.
The NC CSC was created by Secretarial Order 3289 and was established at CSU in 2011. The NE CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The NCCWSC and USGS support the North Central Climate Science Center in producing partner-driven science and management tools.