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: NE CSC Director Participates in Midwest Regional Climate Meeting
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This week (March 12-13), Mary Ratnaswamy, Federal Director of the Northeast Climate Science Center, participates in the Midwest Regional Climate Meeting. The objective of this meeting is to gather individuals doing applied climate work in the Midwest region to elevate awareness of climate activities, projects, services and understand how best to coordinate activities in these areas. Attendees at the meeting included the new Midwest USDA Hub, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, nonprofits, and many other agencies and partners. Dr. Ratnaswamy's participation included delivering a keynote speech to meeting attendees.
(From Left to Right) Doug Kluck (Director, NOAA Central Regional Climate Services) Mary Ratnaswamy (Director, DOI Northeast CSC) Jerry Hatfield (Director, Midwest USDA Climate Hub) Glen Salmon (Coordinator, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC)