Acadia Makes National News on RAD Approach to Climate Change
Dr. Abe Miller Rushing, Science Advisor at Acadia National Park, quoted in a New York Times article and interviewed on WBUR about the park service’s Resist-Accept-Direct framework.
June 29th, 2021
Dr. Abe Miller Rushing, Science Advisor, Acadia National Park (left), and Kevin Schneider, Superintendent at Acadia National Park, listen to Shannon O’Brien, Schoodic Institute technician, talk with U.S. House of Representatives and members of the media during a Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition in September 2021. (Photo by Ashley L. Conti/Friends of Acadia)
The impacts of climate change on America’s National Parks – and how we should or shouldn’t respond to those changes – has rightfully become a topic of conversation for park managers.
Park management has historically focused on preservation – maintaining the natural heritage of the land and looking to the past for advisement on present-day decisions. But as ecosystems continue to shift in the face of climate change, that approach grew untenable.
“We weren’t being trained on how to manage for change,” Dr. Abe Miller Rushing, Science Advisor at Acadia National Park, told the New York Times in 2021. “We were being trained on how to keep things like they were in the past.”