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: Dr. Geneva Chong to help coordinate research activities for the North Central Climate Science Center
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In October 2012, the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) hired Geneva Chong, of the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center. She will dedicate half of her time to help the NC CSC better coordinate the Center's growing regional climate science effort, which includes a large University Consortium. Geneva began her career with the National Park Service 20 years ago studying native plant restoration ecology, including the effects of climate, at Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. Subsequent research included development of vegetation inventory and monitoring approaches and applications to fire and disturbance ecology and habitat quality across the western US. Geneva is currently a member of the USGS Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) Science Team and she is working on applications of phenology measurement to assess vegetation condition. She has worked with interdisciplinary teams with members from other agencies, universities and nongovernmental organizations both nationally and internationally. Her duties at the NC CSC are to assist the Director with program development and management, which includes a wide range of activities from promoting efficient use of capabilities offered by the NC CSC for research support to facilitating communication and promotion of science to partners and resource managers. A specific duty will be to strengthen the NC CSC's connection to the climate-related classes offered by the National Conservation Training Center and consider regional offerings of those classes.