Over the past while I’ve noticed that some confusion has arisen about the distinctions between Dark Sky Parks and Dark Sky Reserves. In preparation for an upcoming meeting I drew up the following 2 pager explaining the key differences. For the impatient, here’s the 2 line difference from Steve Owens:
- Parks are public land more or less empty of human habitation, and can be of any size.
- Reserves are large areas centered round a significant dark sky area (the core), with a buffer zone that includes communities stretching a min of 15km on all sides of the core.