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Climbers as "Citizen Scientists"

Helping Rangers Assess Impacts from Changes to Air Quality and Climate

Here are some examples of park stewardship by recreationists such as climbers and mountaineers, who have historically been leaders in the creation of protected areas around the world.

Preserving and protecting the natural and cultural resources of parks, refuges, reserves, wilderness, wildlands and other special places of the world today is an increasingly difficult stewardship job. 

Impacts from human population growth and increased access to these areas threaten them with rising levels of air and water pollution, light pollution, damage to plant and animal species, loss of biodiversity, and climate changes. Many countries find it difficult to devote more funding to land management agencies to ensure protection of these special places. At the same time, people are realizing that protecting these places can be crucial to their health and survival, by providing fresh water, clean air, recreation, medicinal plants, and a wealth of indigenous cultures and species.

For more information about this project, please contact Linda McMillan: (415) 309-7961

  • The Value of Citizen-Scientist Projects

    I believe that adequate protected area management can only be achieved by engaging all stakeholders in the stewardship process: land management agencies, regional communities and governments, private landowners, cities and metro areas, tourism operators, tourists, recreationists, scouts, student organizations, and other visitor groups.

    I believe the future of protected area management needs to include creating effective ways 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.