Providing Effective Opportunities

Can you spot the scientist in this image conducting a species inventory in Yosemite Valley
with the help of a highly-experienced climber/"citizen scientist"? Learn more about what citizen scientists...

I believe the future of protected area management needs to include creating effective ways such as this to engage all stakeholders in the process. This will provide benefits to the places and the people today, and transmit to succeeding generations the knowledge and commitment to ensure continued protection of these special places into the future. Park Stewardship by Recreationists - Scientists and land managers can "fill in the blanks" of their knowledge of species by engaging the help of recreationists. For example climbers and mountaineers, who have historically been leaders in the creation of protected areas around the world, now help scientists explore and assess the ecosystems of vertical landscapes in protected areas.