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: AK CSC Director Travels to the Pacific Islands to Present "Linking Climate Impacts Science and Resource Management: Examples from the Last Frontier"
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Dr. Steve Gray, Alaska Climate Science Center Director, will travel to The University of Hawaii at Manoa and at Hilo to give seminars on "Linking Climate Impacts Science and Resource Management: Examples from the Last Frontier".
Dates and Times:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at the Kuykendall Auditorium, University of Hawaii, Manoa (hosted by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center).
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at the USDA Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, 60 Nowelo St., Hilo.
In these seminars, Dr. Gray will give an update on the implementation and growth of the programs at the AK CSC. The presentation will focus on how we might apply “lessons learned” in the Alaska CSC region in a broader resource management context. The talks will also discuss ways in which partnerships among agencies, university researchers and stakeholders can help us weather budget uncertainties, while also maximizing the effectiveness of our collective climate-change response efforts.”