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: Official launch of the Early Career Climate Forum
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The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) is a network of early career
climate science researchers and professionals dedicated to improving
research and practice through collaboration and communication. The
ECCF grew out of a week-long workshop, known as the Northwest Climate
Science Bootcamp, which was sponsored by the Northwest Climate Science
Center (CSC), and held in August 2012 at the H. J. Andrews
Experimental Forest in Blue River OR. Over the past year, the
attendees of the bootcamp have evolved into the ECCF and developed a
platform that fosters collaboration and communication among early
career students and professionals at the CSCs and affiliated partner
institutions. The mission of the ECCF is to be 1) a science-based,
neutral venue for communication, collaboration, and professional
development for members and supporters, primarily those affiliated
with CSCs, and 2) an accessible outlet, forging bridges between people
who study climate and its social-ecological impacts, with others who
wish to learn about climate science. The ECCF website currently
features over 20 blogs under three themes of 1) exploring new ideas in
climate change science and practice (“Tip of the Iceberg”), 2) our
latest research findings (“Notes from the Field”), and 3) lessons
learned in professional and academic development (“Early Career
Lessons”). The website also has several interactive forums for
website members to post job opportunities and upcoming events, as well
as engage in less formal discussions on climate-related topics. This
June, the ECCF is conducting the official launch of the website, and
is actively recruiting students, post-doctoral fellows, and early
career professionals across the national CSC network. Initially, the
ECCF network endeavors to comprise the eighty or so student and
post-doctoral fellows supported by and working at the CSCs, and will
open membership to the public in the future. New members are welcome
to join the ECCF, write blogs, and contribute to forums.