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.
Professor Dennis Ojima will deliver a lecture titled “Emerging Challenges for Natural Resource Management under Changing Climate” as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at The University of Montana. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.
Ojima is a professor at the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a senior scholar at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He also is the university consortium coordinator for the recently established U.S. Geological Survey North Central Climate Science Center. His research focuses on global change effects on ecosystems, including climate and land-use changes, carbon-accounting methods for forest carbon sequestration and adaptation, and mitigation strategies to climate change.
Ojima is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and has received recognition for his international contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He received the 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment and the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Speaker Series provides opportunity for faculty and students to connect with the brightest, most interesting scholars in environmental disciplines.
Approved by the Montana Board of Regents in November 2011, the Institute on Ecosystems is a community of 200 scholars across the Montana University System with the goal of advancing integrated discovery, education and engagement in the environmental and ecosystem sciences. The institute, co-located at Montana State University and UM, is supported by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.