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Clean Air in the Wilderness?

Clean Air in the Wilderness? collage"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.... Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

- John Muir

Air Quality Tour

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  Smog in the Central Valley

  Clean Air in the Wilderness?

  Ozone Damage

  Ozone and Giant Sequoias

  Air Quality Monitoring

  Smoke from Wildland Fire

  Sustainable Practices

  What You Can Do to Help

Why are the Parks Unique?

Breathtaking Vistas


Even a hundred years after they were written, the words of John Muir inspire us. He knew the jagged peaks and beautiful glacier-carved canyons of the High Sierra about as well as any person could. He loved this rugged wilderness and helped fight to create a national park here so that these places would be forever protected. Today, the High Sierra of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is part of one of the largest pieces of designated wilderness in the United States. Unfortunately, being designated wilderness does not protect this area from the threat of air pollution. Though still the cleanest part of these parks by far, evidence suggests that air pollution is reaching even remote areas of the backcountry.

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