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 Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) is co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference in Boise, Idaho, October 1-2, 2012. The conference provides a forum for researchers, resource managers, and policy-makers to exchange scientific results and management and adaptation strategies for the region. Past conferences were held in Portland, Oregon, in 2010 and Seattle, Washington, in 2011. NW CSC Director Gustavo Bisbal and Research Coordinator Nicole DeCrappeo will give a presentation on October 1 entitled, "The Northwest Climate Science Center: coordinating climate science and evaluating resource conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest," explaining the NW CSC's mission, goals, and science agenda. The NW CSC's sponsorship will be used to support travel and conference participation for 17 students from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, which aligns with the center's objective to promote career development, encourage broad participation, and support education for young scientists in the region. The concept of offering training and education services for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers is one of five foundational objectives described in the NW CSC's Strategic Plan 2012-2015 released in January 2012. NW CSC PI's Steve Daley-Laursen and Philip Mote served on the planning committees for the conference.