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 Welcomes Announcement of USDA Climate Hubs
Last edited 4/26/2016
The North Central Climate Science Center is pleased to see the announcement of the USDA Climate Hubs. The NC CSC continues to be in close communication with the team leads for the Northern Plains Hub. The NC CSC is excited about the additional attention and resources the USDA hubs will bring to the arena of climate science and land management. Their focus on agricultural and private lands should compliment well the NC CSC's focus on DOI lands. There is also the potential for mutually beneficial forest-related climate science activities where collaboration will be explored. Further, close communication and coordination between the NC CSC and the USDA hubs, as well as with NOAA's Western Water Assessment and National Integrated Drought Information Service, will ensure maximizing leverage and expertise among these groups.