John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day Fossil Beds Nationa Monument

In their Climate Action Plan, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument outlines several climate factors which may alter park ecosystems, vegetation communities and the availability of habitats for species as well as the experience of park visitors. Past climate records document dramatic changes in temperature and precipitation over time, which typically occurred gradually over many thousands of years. The fossil record (as preserved at John Day Fossil Beds) documents that as climate and habitats changed in the past, species and communities have 1) adapted to changes, 2) migrated, or 3) become extinct. The response of life to past environmental changes offers insight to how communities may respond to current and future changes. Many of the species living on public lands in Oregon survive in fragmented pockets of wild habitat, surrounded by agricultural landscapes. Steelhead, bald eagles, and pronghorn are among the species that can regularly be seen by visitors to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, but these are all uncommon in surrounding areas. Changes in temperature and vegetation may reduce the amount of favorable habitat available for these species, and may ultimately result in threats to their continued survival in the area.

To respond to the many changes at the park, John Day Fossil Beds has committed to several GHG emissions reduction goals in various categories, including:

  • Energy Use Management: Reduce GHG emissions to 20 percent below 2007 levels by 2016
  • Transportation Management: Reduce park operations transportation emissions to 35 percent below 2007 levels by 2016
  • Waste Management: Reduce park operations waste emissions to 15 percent below 2007 levels by 2016 through waste diversion and reduction
  • To learn more about what John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is doing to reduce their emissions and educate others, click on their Climate Action Plan, which includes their inventory and identifies the strategies the park intends to implement in order to achieve these reductions.