Parks for science

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Science  19 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6241, pp. 1291
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac5760

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In March 1915, a historic conference of scientists, conservationists, and park leaders was held at the University of California, Berkeley. It helped create public support for national parks in the United States and the establishment in 1916 of the National Park Service (NPS). One hundred years later, a similar summit on the same Berkeley campus convened to examine the role of science in the next century of America's national parks. Science remains crucial to the future health of America's parks and protected areas worldwide. But national parks are also vital for science.