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: New North Central Climate Science Center Director Announced
Last edited 4/26/2016
Contact: Heidi Koontz, USGS (303) 202-4763
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Dr. Jeffrey Morisette has been selected as the Director of the Department of the Interior's North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) located at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Morisette will be the first permanent director of the new center, which is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers being established. The NC CSC is a partnership involving the Department and nine universities, led by Colorado State University.
The national network of regional Climate Science Centers will provide land managers in federal, state and local agencies access to the best science available regarding climate change and other landscape-scale stressors impacting the nation's natural and cultural resources. The new centers will be managed by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center located at the U.S. Geological Survey's headquarters in Reston, Va.
"We have been utterly blown away by the quality of the proposals submitted by the consortia of universities competing to be selected as each of the eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers, and thus it is no surprise that the credentials of those seeking to lead these centers have been equally outstanding," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "With the Rocky Mountains already at the leading edge of many climate-related challenges, such as pine-bark beetle infestation, the breadth and depth of Dr. Morisette's background is a great match to the challenges ahead."
Previously, Morisette served collaterally as the Assistant Center Director for Science and Head of the Invasive Species Science Branch Center at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. He first joined the USGS in 2008 and has conducted applied research in earth sciences with an emphasis in habitat modeling and land surface phenology.
Morisette formerly worked for NASA as a physical scientist. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College, a master's in applied statistics from Oakland University, and a doctorate in philosophy/forestry and remote sensing from North Carolina State University. Dr. Morisette also attended the International Space University in Vienna, Austria.
More information on the center is available online.