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.
A four day set of combined workshops to develop the five year science agenda and the related first year implementation plan for the North Central Climate Science Center (first two days) and allow collaborators to develop prospectus for work funded by the NC CSC (last two days).
Participants were invited from the North Central University Consortium (NCUC), members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), USGS centers within the NC CSC domain and other select and relevant federal research groups.
A near completed draft of the NC CSC five year science plan and initial draft of the first year implementation plan.
Self-organized teams with prospectus for research projects that fulfill the needs expressed in the five year science agenda which leverage existing university and federal programs, and deliver tangible benefits to land managers within the next two to five years.
Date: April 30 - May 3, 2012
Where: Montana State University, Transportation Systems Engineering Building