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Air quality management in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wilderness areas

Posted date: February 27, 2006
Publication Year: 
2000
Authors: Porter, Ellen M.
Publication Series: 
Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 5: Wilderness ecosystems, threats, and management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-5. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 336-340
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Abstract

Proper management of air resources is vital to maintaining the wilderness character of an area. Air pollution can affect natural resources and has caused injury to vegetation, bioaccumulation of mercury in fish, eutrophication of coastal ecosystems and visibility impairment in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) wilderness areas. Sources of air pollution include power plants, incinerators, industry, automobiles, dust and fires. Emissions from these sources can be transported long distances and affect areas otherwise considered to be pristine. The FWS uses a combination of monitoring, special studies, participation in the regulatory process and review of new sources of air pollution in its air quality management strategy.

Citation

Porter, Ellen M. 2000. Air quality management in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wilderness areas. In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 5: Wilderness ecosystems, threats, and management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-5. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 336-340