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.
The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is designed to encourage, facilitate, and participate in cooperative action to address climate adaptation science needs across the entire Northeast region. The NE CSC relies upon priorities identified by Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and other regional natural and cultural resource management partners; and coordinates or integrates scientific activities with other public and private science entities working in the region.
Stakeholder Advisory Committees (SAC) assist Climate Science Center (CSC) Directors in the identification of regional natural and cultural resource management priorities. The following representatives serve on the NE CSC SAC (as of February 2014):
U.S. Department of Interior David P. Russ, Northeast Regional Director, U.S. Geological Survey (Committee Chair) Leon M. Carl, Midwest Regional Director, U.S. Geological Survey Mary Foley, Regional Chief Scientist, National Park Service Maryanne Gerbauckas, Associate Regional Director and Resource Stewardship Northeast Region, National Park Service Michael Reynolds, Midwest Regional Director, National Park Service Robert Krumenaker, Superintendent, National Park Service Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Official designee: Rick Bennett, Regional Scientist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Official designee: Craig Czarnecki, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture Thomas L. Schmidt, Assistant Director Northern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ellen Mecray, Regional Climate Services Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Norman Willard, Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Administration
Tribes John Daigle, Penobscot Indian Nation; University of Maine
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Jean Brennan, Coordinator Appalachian LCC, Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute Glen Salmon, Coordinator Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LCC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Andrew Milliken, Coordinator North Atlantic LCC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service John D. Rogner, Coordinator Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
State Fish & Wildlife Associations/Agencies Katherine DonCarlos, Deputy Director Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife John O'Leary, State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Massachusetts Division of Fish & Wildlife Marc Gaden, Communications Director and Legislative Liaison, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (ex officio member)