Parks are the first and best line of defense against climate change. Parks cool and clean the air, improve and modify local wind circulations, regulate precipitation and mitigate the impact of urban heat islands.
Parks act as refuges for biodiversity, supporting birds, insects, fish, amphibians, mammals, plants and fungus that are the foundation of our biotic system. Parks also provide connectivity for these species to migrate and adapt to variable conditions.
Parks play a 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.