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Science, Conservation, and National Parks$
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Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422954

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.001.0001

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Strategic Conversation: Stewardship of Parks in a Changing World

Strategic Conversation: Stewardship of Parks in a Changing World

Chapter:
(p.212) Ten Strategic Conversation: Stewardship of Parks in a Changing World
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Science, Conservation, and National Parks
Author(s):
Meagan F. Oldfather, Kelly J. Easterday, Maggie J. Raboin, Kelsey J. Scheckel
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.003.0010

In a world with rapidly changing climate, rising sea levels, invasive species, and shifting disturbance regimes, national parks face huge stewardship challenges. Parks are challenged with reconciling management in the face of these changes while sustaining the preservationist values embedded in history, law, and policy. To maintain and restore ecosystem functions and combat climate change, should national parks embrace species once considered nonnative to a region, organisms produced by de-extinction, or populations introduced through rewilding? Should managers use historical baselines as goals for restoration, in the face of shifting climate and disturbance regimes? Is active management appropriate to resist novel ecosystems, or should trajectories of disturbance and succession be allowed to proceed unimpaired? This strategic discussion, which transpired at the Berkeley summit “Science for Parks, Parks for Science” on 26 March 2015, focuses on the role of stewardship and science in national parks and their role in confronting these looming challenges.

Keywords:   climate change, invasive species, national parks, protected area management, stewardship, de-extinction, rewildling

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