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: DOI Secretary Jewell Visits with Climate Change Partners and Leaders in the Pacific Islands
Last edited 4/26/2016
On September 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with climate change leaders and partners in Honolulu. She was briefed by the DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (Pacific Islands LCC), two arms of the DOI that work to understand, anticipate, and prepare for climate change in Hawai'i and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.
One of the longest contemporary records documenting increases in carbon dioxide has been collected at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawai'i Island, and the people, cultures, and ecosystems of the islands have been and are predicted to experience some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change on both land and the sea. Discussions at the briefing included presentations and input from colleagues in federal, state, and University communities who are developing and applying climate change science to societal and ecological challenges across the region.
Pictured in photo (left to right): seated at left:
• Loyal Mehrhoff, Field Supervisor, USFWS Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
• Lucas Fortini, Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, detailed to Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC)
standing from top, left to right:
• Randy Kennedy, Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources
• Gordon Tribble, Director, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
• Patrick Grady, Data Manager for PICCC and Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
• Keoni Kuoha, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, NOAA
• Katie Munkres, Communications Manager, PICCC
• Melia Lane-Kamahele, Manager, National Park Service, Pacific West Region
• Stanton Enomoto, National Park Service, detailed to PICCC
• Jeff Burgett, Science Coordinator, PICCC
• Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior
• Haunani Kane, graduate student, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
• Dave Helweg, Interim Director, DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
• Steve Anthony, Director, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
• Delwyn Oki, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
• Michelle Reynolds, Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
• Chip Fletcher, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
• John Marra, Director, NOAA Climate Services, Pacific Region