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.
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May 9, 2016 (12:15-1:45) - "Enhancing Resilience Using Coastal Green Infrastructure"
Panelists: Charles Chesnutt, Coastal Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Sarah Murdock, Director, US Climate Adaptation, The Nature Conservancy; Tracy Rouleau, Deputy Chief Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Panel Moderator); and Ariana Sutton-Grier, Research Faculty, University of Maryland and Ecosystem Science Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
June13, 2016 - "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species"
Neil Cox – Manager, Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Mary Klein – President and CEO, NatureServe
July 11, 2016 - "Century Conservation: How the Bureau of Land Management is Leading Sustainability"
Sally Butts – Deputy Division Chief, National Conservation Lands, Bureau of Land Management
Doug Herrema – Program Lead, National Monuments & Conservation Areas, Bureau of Land Management