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: SE and NE CSCs Host Climate Change Meeting for NWR Managers
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The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change' meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6, 2014.
During the meeting, CSC scientists listened and learned about refuge managers' greatest challenges for NWR adaptation to global change (e.g. sea level rise, habitat loss, saltwater intrusion, etc.) and the type of science that could assist them with the management decisions they must make. Refuge participants identified a common decision problem that has two components: minimize or reduce the rate of change to valued resources (can be thought of in terms of habitat (e.g., wetlands) or animals using habitat); and develop a dynamic reserve design strategy for long-term adaptation to sea level rise and other global change stressors. Using structured decision making methods, the SE and NE CSCs will continue to work with managers to identify and respond to their science needs.
Scientists and National Wildlife Refuge Managers who participated in the ‘Impacts of Climate Change' meeting, including NE CSC Director Mary Ratnaswamy (second from left) and SE CSC Director Jerry McMahon (second from right) (Photo Credit: Mary Ratnaswamy, NE CSC).