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.
To provide leadership, guidance, and support for climate-related activities through coordination and engagement with relevant stakeholders.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) delivers Executive Services by providing leadership and general oversight of the Center's operations. The NW CSC Director is responsible for strategic decision making, and promoting and maintaining engagement between regional natural and cultural resource managers and climate scientists. The purpose of this engagement is to identify the highest-priority science needs that help resource managers plan for climate change and to ensure that the products of research funded by the NW CSC are useful to resource managers. To read more about Executive Services at the NW CSC, please download the Executive Services section of the Strategic Plan by clicking here.
The NW CSC was established in 2010 and its permanent director, Dr. Gustavo Bisbal, started in December 2011. Additional staff were hired in 2012 to coordinate regional climate research, communications, and tribal relations.
The NW CSC hosts quarterly conference calls and annual meetings of the Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC). The NW CSC Leadership Team (LT) meets about every 6 weeks, either in-person or by conference call, and team members participate in meetings of the national network of eight Climate Science Centers and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC).
As part of its science project selection criteria, the NW CSC ensures that project investigators and researchers bring together scientific and management communities by initiating consultation with resource managers and decision makers (the "end users" of the projects' outcomes) before the start of the project and through completion.