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 United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) meeting
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The United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., (USET) held the 2013 Impact Week meeting February 4-6, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. USET, which is a non-profit, inter-tribal organization that collectively represents its members tribes at the regional and national level, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information amongst Tribes, agencies and governments.
The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) took the opportunity to attend the meeting and provide a presentation on its history and activities to the USET Natural Resources Committee. Mary Ratnaswamy (USGS Director, Northeast Climate Science Center), Andrew Miliken (North Atlantic LLC Coordinator), and Chris Caldwell (Consortium Member -CMN/SDI Director) gave a presentation of the NE CSC history and activities as part of continued outreach efforts to tribes in the northeastern region. After the presentations, the Committee had several questions, with one of the recurring and strongest comments about communication both between the federal government agencies, and as the government agencies communicate with tribal leadership. The concern was that tribes, with already limited staff, are not always able to assess all of the different communications that come in from the different agencies. At this specific meeting alone the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior/ USGS led Climate Science Center were providing climate change information to USET about separate initiatives and how they are looking to include tribes or tribal feedback in those efforts. The NE CSC presenters took this feedback and will use it to further refine their approach to communicating with federal and tribal partners as NE CSC continues to move forward in fulfilling its mission.