Additional Information

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Many people visit national parks to enjoy the soothing sounds of nature.
Many people visit national parks to enjoy the soothing sounds of nature.

NPS / Jeremy M. White

Introductory Materials

  • Ways to Enjoy Natural Sound [304 KB PDF]
  • Acoustic Resources are Essential to Functioning Ecosystems and the Visitor Experience [221 KB PDF]
  • National Park Guide: Protecting and Enhancing Soundscapes [469 KB PDF]
  • The Power of Sound Interpretive Handbook [1,964 KB PDF]


Air Tour Management Planning


Military Overflights


Acoustical Monitoring

  • Bioacoustical Monitoring in Terrestrial Environments, 2012. This article appeared in Acoustics Today, Vol. 8, Issue 3 and may be found on the website of the Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America.
  • NSNSD Acoustical Monitoring Training Manual [1,932 KB PDF]


Effects of Noise


Effects of Vibration

  • Annotated Bibliography on the Effects of Vibration on Natural and Cultural Resources [158 KB PDF]


Noise Mitigation


Soundscape-related Planning Documents