How Will Parks Cope With Climate Change?
Climate change is certainly getting a lot of press these days, whether you agree with it or not. Glaciers are melting faster than in recent history, birds are changing their migratory patterns, some even believe moose are leaving areas that are getting too hot for them to comfortably endure.
Last month I posted about climate change and some of the impacts it could have on some parks. Today I ran across a story in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune that looked at how climate change might affect parks in the Midwest section of the country. The story is built around a memo the superintendent of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sent out to colleagues back in November. In it Bob Krumenaker asked his colleagues in the Park Service's Midwest Region to start thinking about how they'll cope with climate change.
Krumenaker noted in his memo that his interest in climate change as a management problem arose from a recent Government Accountability Office workshop on the effects of climate change on federal lands. But out of about 60 people at the workshop, he was the only park superintendent, the story reports.
Many national parks have already turned to renewable and low-emission types of energy to operate buildings and vehicles as a way to reduce their "carbon footprint." But adapting to widespread climate change is another matter.
You can find the entire story here.