Environmental Factors

Some forces of nature are readily visible, while occur on a time scale that makes them difficult to detect by human senses.

Interactions between people and the landscape have brought about change in many ways. Most land in Shenandoah has been disturbed by human activity in some way.

Climate change is resulting in changing weather patterns that Park scientists are actively monitoring to understand the impact these changes will have on Park resources.

Our air quality is affected by pollutants from outside the park, sometimes impacting the views from the many scenic vistas along Skyline Drive.

Shenandoah is one of the best place to view dark night skies for people who live in the crowded eastern seaboard, yet light pollution is a constant threat to nighttime views.

Forest health can be heavily impacted by diseases, pests, and nonnative species. Even the soundscape can impact animal life.

Park staff and cooperating scientists are working to better understand these many environmental factors and to find ways to manage those that are adversely impacting the condition of park resources.

Last updated: April 22, 2021

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