Climate Change at Muir Woods

For Future Generations

Muir Woods National Monument believes in taking action to protect our shared environment and prevent future damage.

Ongoing climate change is unique in its magnitude, pace, and projected impacts. The atmosphere is like a blanket that surrounds the earth. When we burn fossil fuels for energy, we add carbon dioxide to this blanket, which is like thickening the blanket. The thicker a blanket gets, the more heat it traps underneath, which results in global warming and other disruptive effects. These changes include more extreme weather events, sea level rise, shifts in ocean circulation and chemisty, and increased drought stress. Just as these impacts can strengthen and amplify one another, the solutions to climate change also depend on everyone playing a role in responding with collective solutions.

The National Park Service and Muir Woods are taking action by reducing fossil fuel emissions, developing new land management strategies in the face of coming changes, and educating staff and visitors about solutions to this problem.

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area is taking action to address climate change by moving towards zero-emission buildings, vehicles, and ferries. The park purchases clean, renewable electricity from our community choice energy providers, so our all-electric buildings and vehicles don't emit heat-trapping gasses into the atmosphere. Audio Description of this video available here:

How Will Climate Change Impact Muir Woods?

What are the Climate Impacts Here?

Climate change impacts are evident in redwood forests. Learns what causes it, and get an overview of how it will impact this forest.

A Climate Resilient Future for Muir Woods

A Climate Resilient Future

Draw upon inspiration from Muir Woods to envision a climate resilient future where all ecosystems and people can thrive.

Fire and Redwoods

Climate Change, Fire, and Redwoods

Redwood trees’ evolutionary adaptation to fire means they can survive. What does this mean in the age of climate change and mega-fires?

How Birds React to Climate Change Paints a Picture for People

Climate Change, Birds, and Migration

Birds are sensitive to environmental changes around them, and are easy to count. This can teach us about climate change at Muir Woods.

Climate Change and Water Availability

Climate Change and Water

Explore the ways in which climate change will impact life at Muir Woods and people around the world with the changing availability of water.

How has Muir Woods been lowering our visitation carbon footprint?

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Managing traffic flow at Muir Woods has helped us lower our carbon footprint.

How are the salmon affected by climate change?

Climate Change and Salmon

Salmonid populations at Muir Woods are affected by climate change. Follow up to date research and science on the species.

Learn about how the park that manages Muir Woods, Golden Gate, is managing climate change.

Climate Change at Golden Gate NRA

Muir Woods is managed by Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Learn how Golden Gate is addressing climate change!

Last updated: February 10, 2023

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