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: Upcoming Training Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices - Adaptation in Action
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Training Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices - Adaptation in Action
August 20-21, 2013 - College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, WI.
Cost: $45 (includes meals).
Application deadline: June 28
This new course provides active, hands-on training for public, private, and tribal natural resource managers across the Midwest and Northeast who are interested in actively enhancing the ability of forests to cope with changing conditions. During this course, managers will learn how to incorporate climate change considerations into forest management planning and activities. Participants will use the report, "Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches" to identify practical adaptation actions for their own real-world forest management projects. The training will be held on August 20-21 in Keshena, WI, and cohosted by NIACS and NE CSC Consortium Institution, College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute. More information >>