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 supported by a consortium of Northwest academic institutions primarily led by Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Idaho (UI), and the University of Washington (UW). The academic consortium and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provide capabilities in climate science, ecology, impacts and vulnerability assessments, modeling, and advanced information technology, all of which are necessary to address and respond to climate change in the Northwest. This partnership provides an opportunity to strategically address science issues of regional significance by blending academic and federal expertise and resources.
Participants in the NW CSC academic consortium include: Boise State University, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, Montana State University, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Portland State University, University of Idaho, University of Montana, University of Oregon, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Regional Climate Center.