USGS Fact Sheet 2007-3057

Prepared in cooperation with the National Park Service

Acid Rain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

By Karen C. Rice, Frank A. Deviney, Jr., and Gordon Olson

U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2007-3057, 4 pages (Published September 2007)

This report is available online in PDF format: FS 2007-3057 (Opens the PDF file in a new window. ) (546 KB)

Cover thumbnailVisitors to Shenandoah National Park (SNP) enjoy the animal and plant life and the scenery but may not realize how vulnerable these features are to various threats, such as invasion of exotic plants and insects, improper use of park resources by humans, and air and water pollution. The National Park Service strives to protect natural resources from such threats to ensure that the resources will be available for enjoyment now and in the future. Because SNP has limited influence over the air pollution that envelops the region, acidic deposition--commonly known as acid rain--is one of the more challenging threats facing park managers. With the help of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, park managers can understand how acid rain interacts with ground- and surface-water resources, which enables them to explain why reductions in air pollution can help preserve park resources. Such understanding also provides essential insight into ecosystem processes, as managers strive to unravel and resolve other environmental problems that are interrelated to acid rain.


This report is available online in PDF format: FS 2007-3057 (Opens the PDF file in a new window. ) (546 KB)

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Suggested citation: Rice, K.C., Deviney, F.A., Jr., and Olson, Gordon, 2007, Acid rain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 20073057, 4 p. (available online at

For more information, please contact Karen C. Rice.

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