Tagged with National Parks

Continued Warming Could Transform Greater Yellowstone Fire Regimes by Mid-21st Century

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 9, 2011 vol. 108 no. 32 13165-13170) / by Anthony L. Westerling,1, Monica G. Turner,1, Erica A. H. Smithwick, William H. Romme, and Michael G. Ryan http://www.pnas.org/content/108/32/13165.full.pdf+html [Abstract]  Climate change is likely to alter wildfire regimes, but the magnitude and timing of potential climate-driven changes in regional … Continue reading

Contributions of the US State Park System to Nature Recreation

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 23, 2011 v108 n34 p14031-14036) / by Juha Siikamaki http://www.pnas.org/content/108/34/14031.short [Abstract] Nature recreation in the United States concentrates in publicly provided natural areas. They are costly to establish and maintain, but their societal contributions are difficult to measure. Here, a unique approach is developed to quantifying nature … Continue reading

Great Lakes National Parks in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption

Natural Resources Defense Council | Rocky Mountain Climate Organization http://www.rockymountainclimate.org/images/GreatLakesParksInPeril.pdf [From an NRDC Switchboard posting by Theo Spencer] Our report, Great Lakes National Parks in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption, features new information on rising temperatures in the Parks. The Parks we focus on are the five largest on the Great Lakes: Indiana Dunes National … Continue reading

Fairness of Prices, User Fee Policy and Willingness to Pay Among Visitors to a National Forest

Tourism Management v32 (2011) p1038-1046 via USDA Forest Service / by Jin Young Chung, Gerard T. Kyle, James F. Petrick, James D. Absher http://bit.ly/k1dNoq [Abstract] Imposing user fees in Nature-Based Tourism (NBT) contexts has been a controversial issue. Based on the notions of justice and fairness, this study extended previous work examining the relationship between … Continue reading

Ten Treasures at Stake: New Claims and an Old Law Put Parks and Forests at Risk

Pew Environment Group http://www.pewtrusts.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=85899358707 [Yale Environment 360] Mining companies have exploited outdated U.S. laws to stake claims for gold, uranium, and other minerals at 10 national parks and wilderness areas, including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, according to a report by the Pew Environment Group. While mining operations can legally occur adjacent to, or even … Continue reading

The Effects of Climatic Change and Wildland Fires on Air Quality in National Parks and Wilderness Areas

US Forest Service / by Don McKenzie http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/37401 [Abstract] How will climatic change and wildfire management policies affect public land management decisions concerning air quality through the 21st century? As global temperatures and populations increase and demands on natural resources intensify, managers must evaluate the trade-offs between air quality and ongoing ecosystem restoration. In protected … Continue reading

Re·store·á·Nation: Economic Benefits of Restoring the Lands and Waters of our National Parks

National Parks Conservation Association http://www.npca.org/climatechange/restore/pdf/Restore_a_Nation_NPCA_2010.pdf [PEN-e posting] This report from the National Parks Conservation Association highlights the need for continuing investments in restoration projects to sustain economies, maintain healthy ecosystems, address climate change, and create American jobs. The report includes examples from: California, the Great Lakes, Louisiana, Maine, Connecticut, Washington, Colorado, and Arkansas.Re·store·á·Nation highlights projects … Continue reading

Acadia National Park in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption

Natural Resources Defense Council | Rocky Mountain Climate Organization/ by Stephen Saunders and Tom Easley with Theo Spencer http://www.rockymountainclimate.org/programs_12.htm This report summarizes the threats that human-caused climate change poses to Acadia National Park. It includes new downscaled projections from climate models of how Acadia temperature and summer precipitation levels may change in the future in … Continue reading