Conserving America's National Parks shares the status of conservation challenges and successes in America's 408 national parks.  Rising sea levels, collapses of coral reefs, loss of wildlife species, droughts, severe fires, non-native species, and climate change are among the many challenges defining contemporary conservation at the 100-year centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.  However, thrilling outcomes of active conservation projects, such as the largest removal of river dams in U.S. history, provide hope for the future of parks.  Written for readers with diverse backgrounds, Conserving America's National Parks is richly illustrated with 247 photos, maps, and sketches.  Conserving America's National Parks is unprecedented in its scope of conservation stories unfolding in America's national parks.

The University of Nevada Las Vegas News Center has released an article on the 100-year centennial of the National Park Service and the benefits national parks provide to society!  Read the article here.  
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Examples of flyers describing the book:  Flyer 1   Flyer 2
Some examples of the book's 247 photos, maps, and graphs:

Before/after removal of the Elwha Dam, Olympic National Park, and old-growth forest, Redwood National Park.

Locations of the 8,000 largest dams in the United States, and long-term climate reconstructed for the last 2,000 years in Sequoia National Park.

Predator-prey interactions in Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, and rising sea levels during the last 80 years along the New York City coastline, Gateway National Recreation Area.  The National Park Service is actively restoring coastal marshes in Gateway to help ameliorate sea level rise. 

Changing water levels of Lake Mead, as captured by NASA, in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada-Arizona.

Documented locations (among numerous locations) of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, and the endangered Florida panther, which may be benefiting by National Park Service fire management.

About the author:

Scott R. Abella is faculty with the School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Director and Ecologist of Natural Resource Conservation LLC.  He has decades of experience working on practical conservation projects and has worked in national parks across the United States.  He can be reached at
The author in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada (by A. Mayes)