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: National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation
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Registration is now open for the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation that will be held in Washington, DC on October 23-24. Workshop attendees will share practical, results-oriented tactics and strategies that provide solutions to landscape scale challenges, utilizing the latest information, science, financing mechanisms, and organizational tools.
The Chesapeake Conservancy will host this year's National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation. Sponsors for the workshop include the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.
The current cost to register is $250 ($175 for students). After September 22 the registration fee will increase to $325 ($225 for students). The cost to attend the optional Mount Vernon field trip is $30.
Follow #NWLLC2014 for the latest workshop news and updates. For more information about the NWLLC, or to register, visit www.NWLLC2014.org.