Dark Sky Defender Leaves Legacy of Stars
Engaging parks, communities, schools, citizens and partners, Ament put mission into action by:
- raising awareness around the ecological value of night skies and the impacts of light pollution
- organizing night sky programs, presentations and conferences
- training guides and outfitters to lead night sky-related trips
- collecting data on night sky conditions and lighting in parks and communities
- introducing sustainable lighting solutions to reduce and eliminate unneeded light.
“Nate’s grassroots involvement brought a lot of people to the table who otherwise might not have been on board with night sky issues,” said Bob Meadows, an NPS scientist with the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. “I have worked with Nate in the field in different capacities, from evaluating outdoor lighting and taking sky quality measurements to engaging land managers, and always believed that the NPS was fortunate to have him as our representative in this cooperative effort.”
Ament's contributions have made a meaningful difference for night skies and nocturnal habitat. And he has inspired countless people to embrace the night skies cause and promote its protection.
“I am grateful for being at the forefront of these efforts, but my accomplishments were completely a result of the collective work of many partners, including the NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, the NPS Intermountain Region, parks, and IDA. All of these groups gave me a leg up in carrying out the work. I learned so much and am proud to have been a part of this mission.”
Ament currently works for Arches National Park as a backcountry ranger/biological science technician. He continues to enjoy hiking remote desert terrain both alone and with friends, "especially at night, where you can see some of the darkest skies you have ever seen in your life, with no trace of light pollution," he said.