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News releases

The following list is a compilation of various climate change related news releases from individual parks as well as the national NPS office.

November 13, 2014
Nationally-touring Art Quilt Exhibit Debuts in Biscayne National Park Gallery
A juried show of twenty-six art quilts created by 22 Florida artists will debut in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery on December 5, 2014. On display through February 27, 2015, the show then moves on to 9 other National Parks and National Park partner venues as part of the celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial in 2016.

November 6, 2014
Students Inspired in Climate Change Partnership Program
Youth from an Ohio high school spent 12 days in Alaska this summer, hiking and watching wildlife and learning about our changing climate. Their experience was part of the first “Climate Change Academy,” an immersive, comprehensive climate change course.

July 28, 2014
Vegetation shifting up slope and north as climate changes
Because of the combination of climate change and habitat loss, up to one-quarter of the total area of the U.S. National Park System is vulnerable to vegetation shifting up slope and northward according to new research published in the journal Global Change Biology.

July 2, 2014
National Park Service Report Confirms Climate Change in National Parks
A new report authored by the National Park Service confirms that climate change is happening in America’s national parks, and in some cases in rapid and concerning ways. These changes will have implications for what visitors see and experience in national parks and will require new approaches to the protection of natural and historic resources within parks.

The National Park Service (NPS) is considering a proposal by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to install a U.S. Climate Reference Network station near the water treatment building west of the Wonder Lake Campground in Denali National Park and Preserve. This project would take place during the summer of 2014.

Mammoth Cave National Park as a Project Budburst Partner is asking the public to watch and record the leafing, flowering and fruiting cycles of ten plant species. Project Budburst is a network of people, citizen scientists, across the United States who monitor plants and collect ecological data as the seasons change.

March 20, 2014
Free Climate Change Teacher Workshop This Summer
Glacier National Park and the Glacier Institute are accepting applications for their third climate change teacher workshop to be held June 23-26 at the park. Middle and high school teachers from the local area and across the country are encouraged to apply. Teachers selected for the science and field-based workshop will spend time in the park with agency researchers and educators discussing climate change impacts on park resources.

Olympic National Park is pleased to announce the release of a new Science Minute Movie by the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network (NCCSLN). Tides of Change takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Olympic National Park with coastal ecologist Dr. Steve Fradkin, as he traverses one of the most remote, wild, and scenic coastlines in North America to monitor the health of the park's rocky intertidal community. This twelve minute video can be viewed online at http://www.nwparkscience.org.

November 15, 2013
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Recieves Climate Friendly Park Status
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has become the first national park site in Ohio to achieve the status of "Climate Friendly Park". As a participant in the Climate Friendly Parks program (CFP), CVNP belongs to a network of 106 national parks nationwide that are committed to reducing resource consumption, cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and educating staff and the public about climate change and sustainability.

July 26, 2013
Death Valley National Park Participates in Global Network of Mountain Ecosystem Climate Change Monitoring Sites
During the week of June 23-28 twenty scientists, volunteers and students gathered in the Panamint Range to establish a new target region ("site") of the GLORIA Monitoring Program.The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments was established by scientists in Austria nearly a decade ago to facilitate an effort to document changes in biodiversity and vegetation patterns in high mountain ecosystems around the globe, in response to climate change.

The National Park Service Southeast Alaska Inventory & Monitoring Network (SEAN) designs and operates long-term ecological inventory and monitoring programs for Southeast Alaska parks including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Weather and climate is one of the park's 12 priority Vital Signs. Detecting changes in climate will inform managers about a broad range of resource effects including glacial ice mass wasting, shifts in marine salinity and nutrients, timing and abundance of marine mammal prey, forest and early successional plant community advance, spread of invasive species, and adjusting park infrastructure to more intense storm events or rising sea levels.

February 4, 2013
Yosemite National Park’s Largest Glacier Stagnant
The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado. The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch per day.

February 4, 2013
Denali's Landscape and Potential Response to Climate Change
An article in the current issue of Ecological Monographs provides new insights about the trees in Denali National Park's vast, open landscape and how changes in climate may translate to changes across interior Alaska.The article summarizes work by scientists with the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring program.

August 2, 2012
Yellowstone National Park will host a teacher workshop on climate change this month. Yellowstone is one of eight parks participating in the 2012 Parks Climate Change Challenge program, which is funded by the National Park Foundation. Fifteen teachers from Big Sky, Belgrade, Billings, Boulder, Colstrip, Gardiner, Livingston, and Red Lodge, Montana, have been selected to participate in the workshop, which will be held August 14-17.

August 2, 2011
University Students Study Climate Change in National Parks
This summer’s initiative brings 12 interns and 11 graduate students from 14 states to the National Park Service. Their research and applied projects include surveys of marine animal species to find populations resistant to climate change; use of field data to model where and when park visitors are most at risk of diseases transmitted by ticks; and development of exhibits, lesson plans, podcasts and other new media to help visitors understand how climate change affects national parks.

January 26, 2011
In conjunction with the Governor’s mission and the Department of Commerce Climate Change Summit, the National Park of American Samoa continues to promote climate change research and community awareness. The national park has one of the best natural laboratories in the world for climate change research and is already taking actions to prevent the possible affects of climate change on the territory.

September 29, 2010
National Park Service Awarded Climate Change Education Grant
The National Park Service recently received a National Science Foundation grant to develop innovative approaches for climate change communication.

September 8, 2010
Welling named to lead Climate Change Response Program
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis this week named Dr. Leigh Welling to direct the new Climate Change Response Program. Welling has for the past three years coordinated National Park Service climate change activities and led a service-wide steering committee to create a national climate change response strategy.

July 1, 2010
Young scholars help National Park Service tackle climate change
From temperature tolerance of moose to solar energy, 26 young scholars will tackle research and education projects to help national park managers look at the effects of climate change. The students will work in national parks from Maine to Alaska and California to Florida this summer and are the first to take part in the National Park Service (NPS) George Melendez Wright internship and fellowship programs.

February 17, 2009
Climate Friendly Parks workshops in Washington National Parks
Washington’s three national parks, Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks will host diverse groups of community leaders, scientists and business people at three Climate Friendly Park workshops to be held this month.

June 17, 2008
Smokies Launches Global Climate Educational Initiative
On Monday, June 16 Great Smoky Mountains National Park launched a new "Do Your Part!" initiative aimed at educating visitors about measures that they can take, in the park and at home, to reduce their contributions to global warming. Visitors to the park’s visitor centers and other facilities will find information posted with suggestions on how they can minimize their carbon footprint during their visit as well as when they return home.

June 16, 2008
Report Released on Climate Change Issues in Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park and the Center of the American West recently released a report on climate change. The report highlights the results of a workshop held in November where experts from around the state came to discuss the anticipated effects that climate change would have on the park’s ecosystems.
Statement of Dan Kimball, Superintendent, Everglades National Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee concerning climate change and lands administered by the Department of the Interior.