Showers and Thunderstorms Possible Today, Then a Drying Trend Later in the Week
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
Soundscape / Noise
Soundscape Preservation and Noise Management:Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) is continuing to follow the concepts put forth in Directors Order #47 (sunset date of 2004) as its direction for the park's soundscape program.
GCNP defines the natural soundscape as "the natural ambient sound level of the park." It is comprised of the natural sound conditions in a park which exist in the absence of any human-produced noises. These conditions are actually composed of many natural sounds, near and far, which often are heard as a composite, not individually. In an acoustic environment subjected to high levels of human-caused sound, natural ambient sounds may be masked by other noise sources.
The natural soundscape is an important resource of this park, and there are important relationships between how this environment is perceived and understood by individuals and society.
At GCNP, natural ambient sound is considered synonymous with the term "natural quiet." This definition is used as the basis for determining the "sound environment" for park planning purposes and other environmental compliance actions stemming from human activity that may produce inappropriate or intrusive impacts on the park soundscape.
Click here http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=65&projectID=28052
Did You Know?
No one has ever found a fossilized reptile skeleton or even an entire reptile bone within the Grand Canyon. Fossil footprints were left by more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, but no complete teeth or bones! More...