Sparking Change

New Publication: Sparking Change Sparking Change tells the story of communities that have taken action to become more engaged in their local parks through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process referred to as “park engagement.” The report explores the social impacts of communities …

Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Mexico – Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism (cuna del ecoturismo). A bit of tourism history – in 1983 this place inspired Hector Ceballos-Lascurain to coin the e-word. The economy thrives on the fishing and tourism, particularly those interested …

Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas

Photo: Ron Mader, Lake Mead NRA Visitors’ Center Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go …

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve

Photo: SEMARNAT, Chinchorro Located at the southeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve encompasses more than 144,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, beds of sea grass beds and sand beaches. Banco Chinchorro is the largest platform type reef complex system in Mexico and because of its isolated position, it represents well-preserved natural …

Mexico’s National Parks on Streetview

Explore Mexico’s national parks via #StreetView https://www.google.com/streetview/#mexico-national-parks-and-protected-natural-areas Twitter Shoutout:@CONANP_mx @googlemexico @SEMARNAT_mx @Conabio More about Mexico’s biodiversity, parks and wildlife online the Planeta Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildmexico Embedded Tweets La #CONANP y @googlemexico lanzaron la Colección de Google #StreetView de #ANP de #México: https://t.co/m5nHzWGwfA #RecuentoCONANP2016 pic.twitter.com/lBwdwYmjvf — CONANP (@CONANP_mx) January 1, 2017 #MexicoNow from ron mader

Wisconsin

Photo: Courtney Celley/USFWS Midwest, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Wisconsin borders two of the five Great Lakes and four states (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota). Food Known as ‘America’s Dairyland,’ Wisconsin is famous for cheese. The state’s Swiss and German migrants brought recipes for all sorts of smoked meats and cheeses. Specialties include bratwurst. Farmers’ markets …

Greater Alpine National Parks

Parks Victoria (@ParksVictoria) has released the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan which will guide the future management of Alpine, Baw Baw, Errinundra, Mount Buffalo and Snowy River national parks, Avon Wilderness Park, Tara Range Park, and Walhalla, Howqua Hills, Grant, Mount Wills and Mount Murphy Historic Areas. The intent of the plan is to protect and enhance …