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: Climate Boot Camp - Grooming the Next Generation of Climate Experts
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The Department of the Interior (DOI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) has made the provision of education and training a key objective in the implementation of its 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. This priority is the driving force behind the Climate Boot Camp, a unique, annual week-long interdisciplinary training program organized, staffed and supported through the collaborative efforts of the NW CSC and university partners (Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and University of Washington).
Predicated on transferring the wisdom, knowledge and expertise of established experts, Climate Boot Camp provides participants with integrative training in climate impacts science, communication of science, and an improved understanding of the application of science to resource management decisions. The Climate Boot Camp brings together graduate students and early career scientists from other DOI Climate Science Centers, Northwest universities, federal agencies, tribes and non-governmental organizations. Climate Boot Camp “recruits” are connected with an instructor corps selected from the Northwest network of climate practitioners to learn about climate impacts science, science communication, and to grasp a better understanding of the tools and skills needed to apply science to resource management decision making. The one week course includes field trips, skill-building exercises, and presentations by leading climate scientists, communications experts and resource managers to give participants an all- encompassing view of the workings of climate impacts science.
The Climate Boot Camp was first offered in 2011. This year's session is being held Aug. 12–17, 2012, at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Oregon. The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers established by DOI and coordinates the expertise of federal and university scientists to provide scientific information and tools necessary to address federal, state, and tribal resource managers' priorities in response to climate change.