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: The Northwest Climate Science Center Welcomes Two New Graduate Fellows
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University of Washington graduate students Harry Podschwit and Erika Sutherland have become the two most recent fellows to receive Northwest Climate Science Center support for their graduate research!
Harry Podschwit works with statistics professor Peter Guttorp in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management to study mega fires. He is currently developing statistical tools to help predict when, where, and how frequently future megafires will occur in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, he will produce a software package to create custom wildfire probability maps to help inform management decisions.
Erika Sutherland works with Julian Olden in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She researches how managers may limit the range expansion of introduced smallmouth bass in order to protect vital salmon habitat in a warming climate. As stream waters warm, the range of smallmouth is expanding, decreasing the habitat available to salmon. Targeted management activities may help reverse to this trend.
The NW CSC welcomes Harry and Erika and looks forward to working with them!