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Mountains around the world share something in common – they are home to wildlife that can only tolerate so much disturbance from human activity.


In the US, post-war urbanisation triggered worries about the disappearance of open spaces and sparked a new movement for land protection, according to Sarah Thomas and Sarah Reed, who wrote a paper on mid-20th Century attitudes to conservation and outdoor recreation in the US. “All of our understandings and beliefs about both conservation and outdoor recreation are cultural in origin,” says Reed, an environmental scientist at Colorado State University.


In Colorado, too, there are questions about how long the current arrangement of shared spaces for outdoor activity and conservation will be sustainable, says Reed. With added pressures on vulnerable species from climate change, it could get harder to satisfy recreation objectives and ecosystem protection together. “We try to find all of the solutions in the same space,” she says.

In the end, more radical steps may be necessary at the landscape level, with strategies to accommodate outdoor recreationists in some areas and saving others for wildlife to dominate, says Reed. “It's really going to require that everyone be willing to give something up.”

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