National Parks


Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke will begin Senate confirmation hearings today for the post of Secretary of Interior in Donald Trump’s cabinet. As Secretary, he would oversee America’s 500 million acres of public lands, including the National Park System. Read more >

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Extreme rainfall events have severely damaged the adobe church at Tumacácori National Historic Park in Arizona. Photo: NPS

How Will the National Park Service Protect America’s Heritage from Climate Change?

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

The National Park Service has released an ambitious new strategy to manage the nation’s cultural resources in a rapidly changing climate. Read more >

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Congressman Ryan Zinke Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Ryan Zinke on Climate Change: What You Should Know about Trump’s Choice for Department of Interior

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

US natural and cultural resources—the parks, landmarks, and history of America—are under assault from climate change. So it is troubling that Ryan Zinke, Trump’s pick to run the Department of the Interior (DOI), seems unsure whether climate change is a real problem or not. Read more >

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Moraine Park Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Partnerships to Protect Fragile Mountain Ecosystems

Aaron Piña and Jill Baron, , UCS

If you are a cow, Colorado is an ideal place to be. Colorado’s climate is sunny and dry, and these characteristics have helped make the state fourth in the nation for numbers of cattle in feedlots. Weld County, just east of the Colorado Front Range mountains, is the fifth most livestock-rich county in the United States—beef and dairy, swine, sheep, chickens—and produces as much waste as 24.5 million people. Read more >

Photo: Frank Schulenberg/CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia
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World Heritage Sites Among Many Cultural Resources Threatened by Climate Change

, , deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

The last time I attended a World Parks Congress, 20 years ago in Venezuela, there was scarcely a mention of climate change. Back then, it was seen by conservationists as largely a problem they would have to deal with in the future. Well I’m sorry to say that the future is here, and so are the consequences of climate change. Read more >

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