Climate change and environmental degradation are threatening our public lands.
The predicted consequences are dire: If the average global temperature continues to rise, Glacier National Park may lose its namesake features in less than twenty-five years. In the Sierra Nevada, a degree or two of warmer temperatures means less snow, and as a result less snowmelt, which bodes ill for future visitors’ chances of viewing Yosemite’s famous roaring springtime waterfalls (at least in spring). Grizzly bears in Yellowstone may someday disappear as an invasion of beetles, able to survive the warmer winters, are gradually destroying the whitebark pine, a staple of the bears’ diet.
We can make a difference! The good news is that as people working and living in these special places, we have a chance to be a part of the solution. Our environmental efforts at work and home help ensure the survival of our nation's wilderness areas.
For more information on climate change and sustainability on our public lands visit The Greening of Yellowstone.