America's National Park Service explores new ideas for sustainability and learning opportunities
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Denali National Park & Preserve, in a partnership with Subaru of America, has been conducting public outreach programs and installing infrastructure to reduce waste via the Denali Zero-Landfill Project.
Parks across the country will see a surge in visitors during holiday weekend
CAMDEN, NJ, August 30, 2018/3BL Media/– Last year, more than 330 million people visited the national parks and with Labor Day weekend around the corner, parks across the country are likely to see a surge of visitor traffic. While everyone is encouraged to visit a national park in their area, with more visitors comes more waste that the National Park Service (NPS) must manage. Each year, NPS manages nearly 100 million pounds of visitor waste nationally, much of which is brought in from outside the parks.
Connecting with graduate students regarding Holistic Management and One Water principles and practices is helping to advance needed changes in global and domestic water management
Trevor Clements, Tetra Tech’s Mid Atlantic regional manager for Integrated Water Management, discusses how educating water resources graduate students about Holistic Management and One Water principles and practices is an essential part of shifting the global and domestic water management paradigm to address today’s challenges. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
The nation’s 59 national parks (the 60th, Missouri’s Gateway Arch, received an official national park designation in February 2018) saw more than 330 million visitors in 2017, which is a lot of footsteps, noise, waste and selfie poses in some of the wilderness’s most delicate treasures. “We’re really fortunate to have the privilege of having these incredible places to visit,” says biologist David Lamfrom, who directs wildlife programs for the National Parks Conservation Association.
According to a recent United Nations report, 80 percent of all pollution in the oceans comes from people on land, and over eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. This waste annually costs the lives of one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems.