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.
Nancy Lee is the U.S. Geological Survey Acting Regional Executive (REx), Northwest Area. Nancy has served as the Deputy Regional Executive since March 2009. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the new Northwest Climate Science Center where she served as interim Acting Center Director. Currently Nancy co-chairs the Northwest Climate Science Center's Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC).
As Acting REx/Deputy REx Nancy provides executive leadership and guidance to five science centers throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. She serves as the Northwest Area lead for Climate Change, Energy, and Forest issues. As such, Nancy serves on the Great Northern LCC steering committee, the Upper Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt Regional Management team, the Regional Interagency Executive Committee, and the Northwest Regional Environment and Natural Resources Forum.
Nancy is a Wildlife Ecologist (M.S. University of Montana, B.S. Southern Illinois University, Post-Graduate Diploma, Lincoln College, New Zealand). Prior to coming to USGS Nancy held leadership roles with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), serving as Deputy State Supervisor in Oregon, and Chief, Conservation Planning Assistance program in Headquarters Office in Arlington, Virginia. She has extensive experience and expertise in endangered species, forest conservation, Northwest Forest Plan. In addition, Nancy served as USFWS lead for energy, transportation, water supply, landscape restoration, wetlands, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) working to reduce the rate of species/habitat loss on large development and infrastructure projects.
Nancy began her Federal career as a field biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. During the first 10 years of her career she worked on the Payette, Ochoco, and Mt Hood National Forests.