Parks are the first and best line of defense against climate change. Our more urban parks cool and clean the air, improve and modify local wind circulations, regulate precipitation and mitigate the impact of urban heat islands.
Both urban and wildland parks act as refuges for biodiversity, supporting birds, insects, fish, amphibians, mammals, plants and fungus that are the very foundation of our biotic system. Parks also provide connectivity for these species to migrate and adapt to variable conditions.
Finally, parks play a key role in interpreting climate change to residents and visitors, raising awareness and shifting behaviors.
At Sonoma County Regional Parks, we believe our parks are an integral part of the solution to climate change.