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: Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo Hired as Research Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center
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In November 2012, the NW CSC hired Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo to better administer and coordinate the growing regional climate science effort. Prior to joining the NW CSC, Nicole worked at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, Oregon, for 10 years as a soil ecologist, and she brings extensive knowledge of the scientific issues of the Northwest and the Great Basin in particular. Her duties at the NW CSC are to inventory current climate science research projects to assess regional scientific strengths and information gaps, foster collaborative research partnerships, and ensure that scientific products generated from projects funded by the NW CSC and partners are being disseminated and used by resource managers and other stakeholders.