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: Visit NE CSC researchers at Upcoming ESA meeting!
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If you are attending the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this year, August 4-9, be sure to check out some of the sessions and talks that will feature researchers from the NE CSC and other Climate Science Centers! A few are listed here.
Special Session #1 (SS 1): Climate Science Centers: Now Supporting Resource Management With Science at a Location Near You!
Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
101A, Minneapolis Convention Center
Organizer: Geneva W. Chong
Co-organizers: Stephen T. Gray , Jill Baron , Shannon McNeeley , Jeffrey T. Morisette , Dennis S. Ojima and Richard Sojda
This special session will introduce participants to the Department of Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their unique position to unite federal and academic researchers with cultural and natural resource managers to facilitate a full-cycle approach to the use of research in support of management decisions - from identification of management need to provision of research product to the decision making process. A panel composed of leaders from the CSCs, members of the University Consortia and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and other collaborators/clients will provide an overview of the approaches used to support the CSC mission: to serve the scientific needs of managers of fish, wildlife, habitats, and ecosystems as they plan for a changing climate by providing scientific support for climate-adaptation across a full range of natural and cultural resources. Participants will benefit from an overview of the CSC support capacities, research solicitation and funding processes with hopes to spark future collaborations.
NE CSC UMN PI Anthony D'Amato's group presents:
OOS 16: Informing and Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Approaches Using Historic Ecological Data Records
David A. McKenzie, University of Minnesota; Anthony W. D'Amato, University of Minnesota; Brian J. Palik, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; Shawn Fraver, USDA Forest Service; John B. Bradford, US Geological Survey; John C. Brissette, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
NE CSC UMissouri PI Frank R. Thompson's group presents:
Thursday, August 8, 2013: 2:10 PM
101F, Minneapolis Convention Center
OOS 30-3: Coupling LINKAGES and LANDIS Pro to predict future tree species distributions in the Central Hardwoods and Appalachian regions.
Frank R. Thompson III, University of Missouri-Columbia; Hong S. He, University of Missouri; William D. Dijak, University of Missouri-Columbia; Brice B. Haneberry, University of Missouri; Jacob S. Fraser, University of Missouri; Wen J. Wang, University of Missouri
COS 30-9: Comparing predictions of forest aboveground biomass of LINKAGES v2.2, PnET-II, and ED2 with long-term field data in temperate forests of the United States
Wenchi Jin , School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Hong S. He , School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO ; Frank R. Thompson III , USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Stephen R. Shifley , USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO