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: Climate Science and Resource Management Lecture Series
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A special topics lecture series, organized through Colorado State University (CSU) and the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC), will be hosted by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Regular lectures will be held 11:00 AM – 1 PM on Fridays, starting August 31 through December 7, 2012.
Location: Colorado State University, Natural and Environmental Sciences Building, Room A302-304
Objective: The course objectives are twofold: (1) expose students to state-of-the-science research providing the best available climate science and synthesis to inform energy, land, and cultural resource management within the North Central Domain and (2) present collaborative opportunities between students, lecturers, the North Central Climate Science Center Stakeholders, and University consortium for integrated vulnerability and adaptation research.
This will be a combined lecture series with the USGS Fort Collins Science Center and a graduate special-topics course through Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Lab and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. The class will be co-run by Drs. Jeff Morisette and Dennis Ojima.