The atmosphere is a critical component of park ecosystems. Many organisms depend on air for respiration. Plants transpire and water evaporates from the forest floor. Atmospheric components and conditions influence plant growth, leaf fall, the flight of birds and insects, and the distribution of seeds. On a clear day you can sit at an overlook and see the Virginia countryside expand for miles to the horizon. On a clear night you can look up and see the stars.
The quality of our air, the changes happening to our climate, the vibrance of our dark night skies, the visibility of the valley from overlooks, and even the sounds of the forest are all vital to the natural resources of Shenandoah National Park.
Last updated: September 25, 2018