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: Interior Announces New 2013 Research Projects at the South Central Climate Science Center
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the South Central CSC is awarding about $1.2 million to universities and other partners for research to guide resource managers in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
The eight funded studies focus on how climate change will affect natural resources and management actions that can be taken to help offset such change. They include:
Providing information for effective management of the Red River Basin in light of climate-driven changes to flows. A Chickasaw Nation scientist leads this project. In addition, another project led by USGS will provide resource managers with the information they need to understand the nexus among climate change effects on stream flow, water, quality and stream ecology for watersheds in the Arkansas-Red River Basin. Both projects will help managers strengthen strategies that support restoration, conservation and management goals.
Assessing future water availability (distribution, quantity and demand) in the south-central region in response to the area's already changing climate.
Evaluating the ecological implications and the drivers of climate change in coastal wetlands of the northern Gulf of Mexico, an area of huge economic and ecological importance.
Working with other partners to better understand the impacts of extreme climatic events (e.g., tornadoes) and other climate drivers on agriculture, water availability and quality, cultural resources and fish and wildlife. This information will be invaluable for public and private sector managers and decision makers facing climate adaptation challenges.