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: SC CSC Staff Assist with Training Class for Native American Tribal Staff
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The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center, in cooperation with the USGS TEchnical training in Support of Native American Relations (TESNAR) program and the Bureau of Reclamation conducted a 1.5-day training class for 28 Native American tribal staff members in Shawnee, Oklahoma on August 13 and 14, 2013. Oklahoma Water Science Center Hydrologists were assisted by April Taylor of the South Central Climate Science Center and Darrell Townsend of the Grand River Dam Authority in presenting material to the class. April Taylor and Bill Andrews taught the climate change portion of the class.
Class topics included: Tribal water planning, the USGS groundwater toolbox, technical tasks to support Tribal water planning, ecological flows, water use, water availability, drought, and climate change. Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Southern Plains Regional Office staff will also attend the class. The environmental staff from 14 tribes has confirmed attendance.