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: Developing Strategies for Sustainable Scrub-Jay Management
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Dr. Fred Johnson's (USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center) findings from his study examining optimal strategies for managing habitat of the threatened scrub-jay at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was recently published in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. NASA collaborated with USGS on the project, as the refuge is co-located with the Kennedy Space Center. The area is home to one of the three remaining core populations of scrub-jays (the others are at the Ocala National Forest and Archbold Biological Station). The study revealed the current management strategy of relying on prescribed burning of scrub is unlikely to maintain scrub-jay abundance over the long term. Periodic cutting of tall scrub is the better option for scrub-jay conservation. The refuge is now exploring ways to fund mechanical cutting, which is quite expensive, as well as increase the efficacy of prescribed burning. POC: Fred Johnson email@example.com, (352) 392-5075