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REI Lecture: National Park Concerns of the 21st Century

REI Bozeman: 2220 Tschache Street, Bozeman, MT 59718

The 100th centennial of the National Park Service is a time to reflect on the environmental challenges facing our parks, including climate change and the impacts resulting from increased visitation. From the onset of the creation of the National Park Service, it has been challenged with the unique task of properly preserving and protecting our public lands while simultaneously offering recreational usage and remaining relevant in tax payers' eyes. Entering the 21st Century, however, Park Service administration is now facing unprecedented circumstances threatening our protected lands, such as climate change, increased air pollution, and the spread of invasive species. During this lecture by Tyler Dunning we will discuss such issues, discuss what can be done to help, and postulate various theories regarding the future of the National Park Service.