Climate Change Documents Removed from NPS Website

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Climate Change Documents Removed from NPS Website

On December 20, 2017, ninety-two documents describing national parks’ climate action plans were removed from the National Park Service (NPS) website. The documents detailed how national parks participating in NPS’s Climate Friendly ParksĀ program are responding and will continue to respond to climate change.

In response to media inquiries, NPS indicated that the documents had been removed to comply with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requiring electronic information and technology to be accessible to people with disabilities. A notice on the NPS website indicates that the “documents are temporarily unavailable for download while we work to make them compliant with newly revised 2018 federal accessibility standards.” NPS has indicated that compliant content will be returned by January 18, 2018.

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