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 Webinar: "Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty"
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Upcoming Webinar: "Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty”
March 26, 2014 at 3:30pm (ET)
Speaker: Maria Janowiak of Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Description: There is rapidly-growing interest in adapting forest ecosystems to changing and uncertain future conditions, but there are relatively few real-world examples of forest adaptation. This presentation will describe a set of forest adaptation resources that can be used by resource managers to incorporate regional information about climate change vulnerability and potential adaptation strategies into on-the-ground management, while meeting a variety of management goals. Examples from public, private, and tribal lands will be highlighted in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for incorporating climate change considerations into forest management.