Family enjoying the lake at Garin

Enjoy - Don't Destroy

Enjoy, Don’t Destroy  — More Visitors Put Native Wildlife and Habitat at Risk

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 11am to noon
Panel Briefing, Presentation, and Discussion
Recording: English | Spanish | Chinese | Korean 
Article: English  | Spanish | Chinese | Korean 

ALL MEDIA Coverage
Tweets on Briefing

The pandemic gave Californians a new appreciation of being in nature. With the onset of pandemic restrictions in 2020, public parks drew record numbers of visitors and continue to do so today. Nowhere is this more evident than in EBRPD parks where some parks saw a four fold increase in 2020 and 2021. While the growing popularity attests that parks are essential to our mental and physical health, the increased visitations bring growing risks to the habitat and wildlife that live in these parks. 

View the panel briefing to learn what happens when people stray off hiking trails, walk on sensitive vegetation and wildlife habitat; release fish, turtles, and birds; feed coyotes and feral cats.  And what we need to do to balance the impact of recreation with the natural environment. The online briefing was conducted in partnership with Ethnic Media Services.


  • Dee Rosario, EBRPD Board member
  • Becky Tuden, Environmental Services Manager 
  • Doug Bell, Wildlife Program Manager
  • Joe Sullivan, Fisheries Program Manager
  • Speaker Bios (PDF)

Press Coverage

ALL MEDIA Coverage

Ethnic Media Services

Parks to People: Come and Enjoy, But Don’t Destroy
By Peter Schurmann, October 19, 2022
English  | Spanish | Chinese | Korean 
Tweets on Briefing


Bidwell Park Struggles With Increased Use, Dry Conditions
Californians Flock to Public Parks to Escape Lockdowns, Connect With Nature
Natalie Hanson, November 4, 2022

La Opinión 

Aumento de visitantes a los parques a partir de la pandemia, amenaza la vida silvestre
Increase in visitors to parks from pandemic threatens wildlife
By Araceli Martinez, November 8, 2022
Spanish with English translation

Sky Link TV SF

保護公園生態 不放生 不喂食 不棄養
Let’s Protect the Ecosystem of Our Parks, October 19, 2022, 12:40pm
Facebook |  YouTube |  Website 

Slavic Sacramento

Как сохранить природное и видовое разнообразие парков штата?
How to Preserve the Natural and Species Diversity of Parks?
October 19, 2022
Russian with English translation 

Visión Hispana

Nature Will Always Welcome You, Don't Destroy
By Brenda Cuz, October 28, 2022
English | Spanish

World Journal

是福是禍?疫情喚起戶外活動興趣 加州野生公園訪客增
A Blessing or A Curse? Pandemic Arouses Interest in Outdoor Activities, California Wild Park Visitors Increase
By Yang Qing, Los Angeles Live Report, October 18, 2022
Chinese with English translation 


Sign up for Monthly e-Newsletter Updates