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.
Staff from the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) recently attended two Tribal-related events. The events aimed to provide an opportunity for Tribes to gather and collaborate with environmental professionals from government agencies and other organizations.
Staff from both the North Central and South Central CSCs attended the National Tribal Forum (NTF) on Air Quality, hosted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, held May 13-15 in Anacortes, WA. The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA). The purpose of the NTF is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality.
The SC CSC Sustainability Scientist and Tribal Liaison, April Taylor, presented at the 2014 Tribal Self-Governance Consultation Conference. This conference provides a forum and opportunity for Tribes to gather and communicate collective concerns and experiences, share in strategies, forge new relationships, and work to improve tomorrow for the next seven generations. The Self Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium (SGCETC), Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) hosted this year's event on May 4-8 in Arlington, VA. The conference theme was “Self Governance – Nations with Choices and Voices”. April's presentation was titled, "Climate Change Science and Impacts to Tribes."