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The Visible Scholar

National parks, public lands, climate and politics

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Research & Collaborative Study Area, 1st Floor, Boatwright Library

Stephen NashStephen Nash
Visiting senior research scholar
Journalism Department, School of Arts & Sciences

Climate change will force wild species in all national parks to adapt, often by migrating, and America's million square miles of public lands offer that chance for survival. Glaciers are disappearing from Glacier National Park in Montana. Giant sequoia trees in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California are threatened by heat, fire and insects. Rising seas are starting to inundate dozens of parks along coastlines, from Florida’s Dry Tortugas to Alaska’s Bering Land Bridge.

Current federal government policies, often driven by aggressive corporate campaign finance contributions, are now, instead, fragmenting wild habitat. Studies of “climate connectivity” warn that if national forests, monuments and rangelands around the parks are used for grazing, drilling, mining, logging and commercial development, they can't function as wildlife escape corridors.

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Read Stephen Nash's publications here and here.

Taking place in an open venue in the library, The Visible Scholar Series provides a space for informal faculty talks on new publications. Students, staff and faculty can listen and view a scholar in action.