Monday, December 22, 2008

Preserving the Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a National Park located right at the north central Colorado. It features a variety of majestic mountain views and holds a variety of wildlife. The place is ideal for hiking since it has 355 miles of hiking trails. The Rocky Mountain National Park is a treasure that has been protected for years to preserve the natural resources. Research and management studies have been conducted at Rocky Mountain National Park for decades, and they remain important tools for today's park managers. Through inventory and monitoring of Rocky Mountain National Park resources, scientists create baselines by which to judge changes to ecosystems over time.

As Colorado grows, and people everywhere become more mobile, Rocky Mountain National Park is encountering more problems that are caused by humans. Today, the park service focuses more of its efforts on managing the people who visit the park. Educating them on the proper use of the natural resources, proper garbage disposal and preserving the wildlife natural habitat. Although seventy percent of the nation's parks have cleaner air today than they did a decade ago, according to a report recently released by the National Park Service, their air is clouded with increasing levels of ammonium, sulfates, nitrates and ozone in some areas of the park. There are two concerns related to high ozone levels in the park.

Firstly, visitors come from all around the world to explore, hike and climb in the park. Visitors with preexisting respiratory ailments may be affected when exposing themselves at high elevations and high ozone levels. Second, there are eleven different plant species present at Rocky Mountain National Park that are prone to become injured with elevated ozone levels. Rocky Mountain National Park wants to do something about it. In lieu with this, the National Park Service together with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency formed the Rocky Mountain National Park Initiative to reduce pollutants in the park and preserve its natural resources. The entire park will implement ozone/health advisories consistent with the State of Colorado ozone alerts.

The development of an alarming volume of nitrogen for park aquatic resources has provided the basis for a deposition goal to achieve resource protection, and parties to the Initiative are now discussing strategies to meet that goal by reducing air pollutant emissions that highly contribute to nitrogen deposition in the Park. Some issues that are being considered include the types and locations of emissions to be reduced, the timeline for emission reductions, and the impact of emission reductions from programs already in place. These strategies may serve as templates in order to address ecosystem impacts from deposition in other natural resources.

Aside from these countermeasures, The National Park Service invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places, as part of their celebration of their 100th anniversary 2016.

In 2016 NPS wants to see a park that remains responsive and relevant to the American people. Under the national goal of education, they aim to immediately plan to reach out the youth through enhanced educational programming and opportunities with the creation of the Next Generation Fund (NGF). The NGF endowment consists of 10 programs or projects, including the Junior Ranger program, curriculum-based program, and the use of new technology to restore the natural resources. They believed that youth are the future stewards of the natural resources.

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