Implications of climate scenarios for Badlands National Park resource management

National Park Service
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Badlands National Park (BADL) hosts a myriad of natural and cultural resources, including bison and black-footed ferrets, the mixed grass prairie they live in, 37-75 million-year-old fossils, and historic buildings, trails, and roads. All are sensitive to climate, but anticipating precisely how each will be affected by climate change is difficult. In the face of this challenge, park resource managers must nevertheless make forward-looking decisions and take action to meet resource management goals. Fortunately, tools exist to identify strategies and actions likely to succeed under a range of potential future climate conditions. Two such tools—qualitative scenario planning and quantitative ecological simulation modeling—were used to anticipate management challenges and identify solutions for BADL and adjacent federal and tribal lands in the coming decades (through 2050). This brief summarizes and synthesizes results of this work. Although the brief focuses on BADL, it also includes several key insights gained from examining management approaches on adjacent lands.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title Implications of climate scenarios for Badlands National Park resource management
Year Published 2019
Language English
Contributing office(s) North Central Climate Science Center
Description 5 p.
Country United States
State South Dakota
Other Geospatial Badlands National Park
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