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: Southwest Climate Science Center Research Program Ramps Up
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The Southwest Climate Science Center is initiating both long- and short-term planning for its climate and climate-effects research program. The SWCSC Stakeholders Advisory Committee is developing advice on the highest priority information needs for a broad range of interests from throughout the Southwest. A January 26 letter to SAC representatives outlines the process being used to help develop themes for potential lines of research. SAC representatives' input will help feed the SWCSC Science Plan, which is intended to have a five-year time horizon. SAC input is also helping to inform Fiscal Year 2012 research planning. Information about SAC advice on climate-related information needs can be found here. The SWCSC has also kicked off projects that are envisioned as contributions to more-extensive ongoing regional efforts. Additional information about SWCSC contributions to the Southwest Climate Assessment, and to an evaluation of next generation climate models for projecting climate effects in the Southwest, can be found here.