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: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Career Discovery Internship Program Receives Diversity Award
Lamar Gore, acting chief of Diversity and Civil Rights, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on Oct. 15 accepts the The Wildlife Society's 2012 Diversity Award for the USFWS' Career Discovery Internship Program. Photo by USFWS
Learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Career Discovery Internship Program from the interns, themselves here. View photos from USFWS' CDIP orientation for 2012 here. Photos by USFWS.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Career Discovery Internship Program recently won The Wildlife Society's 2012 Diversity Award. The program, which began in the USFWS' Northeast Region, seeks to build a more inclusive workforce in the wildlife profession. Now in its fifth year, it has grown to include states within four USFWS geographic regions, including Alaska.
With a focus on hiring of culturally and ethnically diverse freshman and sophomore students, the USFWS Career Discover Internship Program features:
• Recruitment and training;
• Empowerment of participants;
• Hands-on training opportunities;
• Bonding experiences for participants and mentors; and
• The great satisfaction of achieving personal intellectual and physical goals.
In recognizing the USFWS Career Discover Internship Program with its diversity award, The Wildlife Society's noted: “Overwhelming commitment of USFWS staff has made the experiences of participants memorable and life-changing.”
Based on comments from students in the program, they agree. Moreover USFWS staff themselves have benefited from the diversity of students who participate. Thus far, of participants in the program from 2008-2011, 19 percent have advanced into staff positions within the USFWS. More than 140 students have participated in the program in the last four years.