Air Resources in National Parks

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Every unit in the national park system has air resources. Everyone who breathes, enjoys looking out across our treasured lands, and cares about having healthy ecosystems is affected by air quality.

This course provides a basic understanding of what air resources are, why they are important, and the laws, regulations, and policies that guide and govern their management. You will learn about the science of air pollution, air quality monitoring, and visual resource management. You will look at some of the air-related issues faced by parks throughout the service, including several case studies. Explore resources to help you learn about air quality and management issues at your own unit and connect to sources for in-depth information and assistance in dealing with specific problems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe air resources along with relevant laws, regulations and policies
  • Explain air resource issues that apply to national parks
  • Identify the people and programs that can provide air resource expertise and assistance

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s


This course is a part of the Orientation and Development Module in the Career Academy for Natural Resources' Foundational Series.

Target Audience

Employees from any career field who are interested in learning more about air resources and how they are managed by the National Park Service.



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