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