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: Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives at the Western Mountain Initiative Annual Meeting
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The Western Mountain Initiative unites U.S. Geological Survey, Forest Service, National Park Service and university researchers to help project climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation solutions for mountain resources of the American West.
At their September 21 - 22 annual meeting in Glacier National Park, WMI scientists were joined by representatives of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (including Dr. Rick Sojda of the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center), as well as the interim directors of the North Central and Southwest Climate Science Centers (Drs. Jay Hestbeck and Dave Busch, respectively) who provided briefings on CSC and LCC activities and explored future opportunities with WMI.