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: Southeast Climate Science Center to present poster at the AGU Science Policy Conference
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The SE Climate Science Center co-authored a poster that will be presentated at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Science Policy Conference to be held in Washington DC, May 1-2, 2012. The poster “Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives: A Coordinated Federal Effort to Sustain Natural and Cultural Resources in the Face of Climate Change” outlines the U.S. Department of the Interior's strategy for a collaborative effort to develop integrated adaptation and mitigation strategies for natural and cultural resources with the challenge of climate change. The poster will present information on how CSCs (with specific focus on the Southeast CSC) are working closely with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in their regions to develop science-based information using physical and biological research, ecological modeling, and multi-scale scenario-building and decision analysis that supports natural and cultural resource managers. The abstract was co-authored by representatives of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC. (Melinda Dalton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-903-9142)