Planning for a Changing Climate: Climate-Smart Planning and Management in the National Park Service

Posted on: 6/01/2021 - Updated on: 6/17/2021

Posted by

Molly Johnson

Abstract

In the National Park Service’s (NPS) second century, park managers face new challenges unimagined even a few years ago. As environmental change accelerates, proactive and deliberate planning for unprecedented, but plausible, future conditions must now augment managerial skills in park administration, resource protection and conservation, visitor use, interpretation, facilities, concessions, and community and civic engagement.

Planning for a Changing Climate guides NPS planners and managers in developing robust climate change adaptation strategies to better protect park resources and assets today and for future generations. The guide derives from Climate-Smart Conservation, the product of an interagency and nongovernmental organization partnership led by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Planning for a Changing Climate incorporates scenario planning concepts in the climate-smart framework to advance adaptation planning in the National Park Service.

Citation

National Park Service (NPS). 2021. Planning for a Changing Climate: Climate-Smart Planning and Management in the National Park Service. NPS Climate Change Response Program, Fort Collins, CO.

Organization(s)

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn’t stop there.

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