Tagged with National Parks

Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate Change Moderated by Habitat Intactness

Global Change Biology (2014; doi: 10.1111/gcb.12669) / by Felix Eigenbrod, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12669/pdf The combined effects of climate change and habitat loss represent a major threat to species and ecosystems around the world. Here, we analyse the vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change based on current levels of habitat intactness and vulnerability to biome shifts, … Continue reading

2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation

National Park Service http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSVSE2013_final_nrss.pdf [From Press Release] National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis… National park visitation for 2013 declined by 3.2 percent compared to 2012. The 16-day government shutdown … Continue reading

Climate Exposure of US National Parks in a New Era of Change

PLoS ONE (July 0, 2014; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101302) / by William B. Monahan and Nicholas A. Fisichelli http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0101302 US national parks are challenged by climate and other forms of broad-scale environmental change that operate beyond administrative boundaries and in some instances are occurring at especially rapid rates. Here, we evaluate the climate change exposure of 289 … Continue reading

2012 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation

US National Park Service http://bit.ly/1lx1nlX [From an E&E News PM article by Emily Yehle, sub. req'd]  National parks generated more than $26 billion in economic activity in 2012, according to an annual report released today on the effects of visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell released the report — along with one on the costs of last year’s shutdown…

Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke: Wildfire Smoke Affects Communities Distant from Deadly Flames

Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/ [From an E&E News PM article by , sub. req'd]  As much as two-thirds of the country is affected by smoke conditions linked to wildfires, even in areas not normally affected by such fires, a new report has found. The report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that nearly … Continue reading

Present and Future Nitrogen Deposition to National Parks in the United States: Critical Load Exceedances

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2013, v13, p9083–9095; doi:10.5194/acp-13-9083-2013) / by R. A. Ellis, D. J. Jacob, M. P. Sulprizio, L. Zhang, C. D. Holmes, B. A. Schichtel, T. Blett, E. Porter, L. H. Pardo, and J. A. Lynch http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/13/9083/2013/acp-13-9083-2013.pdf [Los Angeles Times]  National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country’s … Continue reading

US Natural Resource Management Agencies Working on Climate Change Adaptation Since 2007

CLIMATE CHANGE: Various Adaptation Efforts Are Under Way at Key Natural Resource Management Agencies US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-13-253 Since 2007, the Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service have taken steps to establish strategic directions for addressing climate change adaptation…

Protecting National Park Soundscapes

National Academies Press http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18336 America’s national parks provide a wealth of experiences to millions of people every year. What visitors see—landscapes, wildlife, cultural activities—often lingers in memory for life. And what they hear adds a dimension that sight alone cannot provide. Natural sounds can dramatically enhance visitors’ experience of many aspects of park environments. In … Continue reading

National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Balancing Energy Needs, Nature and America’s National Heritage

National Parks Conservation Association http://www.npca.org/about-us/center-for-park-research/fracking/ Federal land regulators should take special care to guard against potential harmful effects of hydraulic fracturing on lands surrounding US national parks, according to a report that the National Parks Conservation Association released Thursday. The report, “National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Balancing Energy Needs, Nature and America’s National Heritage,” examines … Continue reading

West Is Best: How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage

Headwaters Economics http://headwaterseconomics.org/land/west-is-best-value-of-public-lands/ General findings: Higher-wage services industries, such as high-tech and health care, are leading the West’s job growth and diversifying the economy. Entrepreneurs and talented workers are choosing to work where they can enjoy outdoor recreation and natural landscapes. Increasingly, chambers of commerce and economic development associations in every western state are using … Continue reading