Introduction

Park ranger truck at Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina.

Contained within protected areas is an abundance of history, cultural heritage, and scientific knowledge waiting to be discovered. The individuals who understand the fragility of these protected areas safeguard the protection of this knowledge through responsible stewardship and legal avenues. Through the use of available technology and scientific advancements, we can better inform visitors about the varied ecosystem—the vegetation, habitats, and species—that they will encounter and the proper ways to interact with the environment without damaging the sustainability of these resources. Combining this knowledge with informed, dedicated park professionals, we ensure that visitors can appreciate, protect, and enjoy the environment without long term consequences.