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: The NE CSC Presents a New Webinar Series: "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an Uncertain Future"
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The NE CSC introduces the first webinars in a new series for the 2013-2014 academic year focusing on extreme events and climate change adaptation:
Monday, September 23, 3:30 pm ET - The New Communication Climate: Exploring how fast-evolving information pathways and platforms can limit losses where people live in harm's way, Andrew Revkin, The New York Times (Or join us live at ELab II, Room 119, UMass Amherst Campus)
Wednesday, October 9, 3:30 pm ET - Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty, Maria Janowiak, NIACS
Wednesday, October 23, 3:30 pm ET - Climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region: Application of networks of boundary organizations, Donald Scavia and Maria Carmen Lemos, GLISA
Wednesday, November 6, 3:30 pm ET - The Great Outdoors: How communities use and value New York City's natural areas and open spaces in an era of climate change, Erika Svendsen, US Forest Service
Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 pm ET - Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?, Michael Runge, USGS
Wednesday, December 4, 3:30 pm ET - Paleo perspectives on climate extremes, Raymond Bradley, UMass Amherst