National Park Service Projects:

Outreach Publications

What's up with the air? Shenandoah National Park

E&S Environmental Chemistry wrote and designed this pamphlet for the National Park Service to help interested stakeholders understand the effects of air pollution on the natural and scenic resources of Shenandoah National Park. These effects are known to harm some of the plants, soils, streams, fish, insects, and scenic vistas that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the park each year. Our pamphlet focuses on park resources that are sensitive to air pollution damage and how these resources interact with air pollution and with each other. This is a story of scientific exploration and ecosystem complexity, but it also concerns environmental awareness, ecosystem protection, and hope for a better future for our natural world. The scientific principles that govern these interactions are technical and complex, but the general explanation is understandable to everyone.

The pamphlet is available for downloading here.

Why We Care About the Air

Shenandoah National Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, contains exceptional natural features and awe-inspiring views from Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail. However, the environment is not pristine; Shenandoah receives more air pollution than almost every other national park, and natural resources in this park are threatened. Some damage has occurred and more is predicted unless air pollution decreases. E&S designed and wrote this tri-fold pamphlet for the National Park Service to help park visitors understand the causes and effects of air quality degradation in the National Park.

The pamphlet is available for downloading here.