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: North Central CSC 2012 Strategic Planning Workshop Report
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On April 30‐May 2, Montana State University hosted the North Central Climate Science Center's (NC CSC) strategic planning meeting. The meeting brought together for the first time the North Central University Consortium (NCUC), members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), USGS centers within the NC CSC domain, other select and relevant federal research groups, and NC CSC staff. Appendix A provides a complete list of workshop attendees. With this workshop serving as the initial gathering of these groups an implicit, but important, component to the workshop was an introduction to each other and the management needs and research interests of the participants. The specific objective for the workshop was to gather information and input to initiate the five year science agenda and the related implementation plans for the North Central Climate Science Center and allow the NCUC to develop a prospectus for work funded by the NC CSC's 2012 fiscal year budget.
This report provides an introduction to the NC CSC Strategic Plan and an overview of the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in the NC CSC domain and the university consortium and USGS Centers in the North Central region.