Mapping Shenandoah’s Future

History Preservation

What will Shenandoah National Park and the Central Blue Ridge look like 20 years from now? Fifty years from now? Will its forests be intact? Will wildlife still abound? Will agricultural lands be productive?

This partnership with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute inventoried the natural resources of the Central Blue Ridge, determined their economic value, and built computer modeling to determine what our region will look like 10, 20 and 50 years from now based on possible changes in air quality, deforestation, and other variables. Project data like this informs long-range planning for communities around the national park.

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