A worldwide phenomenon, climate change may now be affecting the environment of the Lava Beds. Monument staff now monitors cave ice, wildlife populations, and other trends to detect changes.
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How often do different habitats naturally burn in wildland fires?
Learn more about fire ecology at interpretive summer programs.
Noxious weeds are a major problem throughout the West.
Air Quality Monitoring
Would you believe that dust storms in Mongolia can affect Lava Beds?
For more information on Lava Beds air quality please visit these sites:
Lightscape / Night Skies
As a designated Dark Skies Preserve, the starry skies over the Lava Beds are a dream for amateur astronomers. High altitude, clean, dry air, and a remote location far from urban light pollution are key to the great view.