Naturalist Nights | Balancing Outdoor Recreation with Wildlife Conservation in Protected Lands
Outdoor recreation has provided a major impetus for land protection in the western U.S., and key conservation policies and funding initiatives are aimed at ensuring public access to protected areas. Yet, a growing body of research shows that rapidly increasing recreation activity may undermine the conservation goals of public lands, negatively affecting species, habitats, and ecosystem processes. What makes this paradox even more complicated is that most recreationists care deeply about the natural environment and the places where they recreate, but are often unaware of the impacts of their own activities. This talk will present key findings from a global systematic review of the effects of recreation on wildlife, discuss challenges that outdoor recreation poses to land managers, and propose strategies to balance public access with wildlife conservation in protected lands.
*Sarah and Sarah will also be presenting on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center.*
Date: February 09, 2017 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: ACES at Hallam Lake | 100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen, 81611 | 9709255756
Event website: aspennature.org