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Air Quality at Lava Beds National Monument
What’s in the Air?
Most people who visit national parks expect clean air and clear views. Lava Beds National Monument (NM), California, well known for its many volcanic formations including cinder cones and lava flows, experiences relatively good air quality, due in part to low population density nearby. However, pollutants from area sources including vehicles, power plants, agriculture, proposed geothermal energy production, wood-fired industrial boilers, and wildfires have the potential to harm the park’s natural and scenic resources such as visibility, vegetation, soils, and wildlife.
How is air pollution affecting Lava Beds National Monument?
- Fine particles of air pollution sometimes cause haze in the park, affecting how well and how far visitors can see vistas and landmarks. more »
- Levels of nitrogen and sulfur deposition are relatively low but vegetation at Lava Beds NM is potentially sensitive to nitrogen enrichment. more »
- Ground-level ozone concentrations are estimated to be relatively low, but plant species known to be very sensitive to ozone are found in the park. more »
What is the National Park Service doing about air pollution at the park?
- Monitoring fine particles and haze to assess status and trends in visibility. more »
- Working with federal, state, and local agencies, industry, and public interest groups to develop strategies to reduce air pollution and protect and restore park resources. The NPS also reviews plans for development that may increase air pollution in national parks. more »
- Utilizing more fuel efficient vehicles, upgrading lighting with energy efficient fixtures, improving energy conservation measures in park facilities, and increasing conservation awareness among park staff, visitors, and the local community. One example is the use of “No Idle” stickers on park vehicles to remind staff to turn off engines anytime the vehicle will be stopped for longer than 10 seconds. Learn more about the steps Lava Beds NM is taking as part of the Climate Friendly Parks program.
Pollutants including fine particles, nitrogen, and ozone affect resources such as scenic vistas and vegetation. Find out how on our Lava Beds NM Air Pollution Impacts web page.
Studies and monitoring help the NPS understand the environmental impacts of air pollution. Access air quality data and see what is happening with Studies and Monitoring at Lava Beds NM.
Last Updated: December 30, 2016