Bio Soy Products
NPS photo by Brenda St. Martin
Green Energy Parks Program
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore chose to use bio-soy products because they meet the above goals, are easily substituted, are safer for employees to handle, and are biodegradable in case of a spill or release.
Since June 2000, all park diesel equipment has been fueled with B-20% blend of soy diesel. fuel blend. In addition to meeting the program goals, soy-diesel results in greater lubricity, cleaner burning engines and lower emissions. In addition, hydraulic oil in the shop vehicle lift, and heavy equipment hydraulic and trans-hydraulic fluid systems were replaced with soy hydraulic fluids.
All two-cycle grounds equipment, pre-mix outboard motor patrol boats, and cross-country ski trail groomers have been using soy two-cycle oil. Soy-based penetrating fluid, parts washing fluids, and chassis grease are also being used in shop operations.
Seven of the park’s vehicles are now field testing a soy/synthetic blend of engine oil. Bio-soy lubricants and fluids have been put into service in the following equipment and vehicles.
Did You Know?
Bear claw marks can be seen on the trunks of American beech trees because the bark is so smooth. Bears climb trees for safety and to eat beech nuts. The non-native beech bark disease is sweeping through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, killing many beech trees. Trees scarred with bear claw marks will be harder to find. More...