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.
Corine Wegener will share insights from the Smithsonian Haiti Cultural Recovery Project after 2010 Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, Smithsonian's current work in Mali, Iraq, and Syria, as well coordination efforts right here at home.
Why are healthy ecosystems critical to climate change mitigation and adaptation?Ecosystems across the lower 48 states sequester carbon, counterbalancing greenhouse gas emissions. Forests, wetlands, and farms in the Eastern U.S. naturally store more carbon than the rest of the rest of the lower 48 states combined.Please join Interior's Office of Policy Analysis on December 8 for their monthly speaker series, which will feature Bradley Reed, USGS Associate Program Coordinator.Dr.
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Video
This presentation will focus on identifying causes of conflict, tipping points towards cooperation, and institutional approaches to conflict resolution and mitigation. The discussion is founded on lessons learned in the development of a research and skills-building program for training Bureau of Reclamation staff in collaborative competency. The presentation uses example assessments of processes of water conflict and cooperation internationally and in the U.S. West.