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) was established in 2010 by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to address the challenges presented by climate change in managing cultural and natural resources in the northwestern United States. The center's mission is to provide resource managers with the scientific information, tools, and techniques they need to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
The NW CSC is a federally led research collaboration hosted by three primary university partners: Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. The NW CSC is co-located with the USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, Oregon. The NW CSC works with additional partners, including Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), tribal groups, and others. The NW CSC is guided by the Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC) and is one of eight Climate Science Centers managed by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).