Ammonia Deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park: What Is the Role of Animal Agriculture?

Air quality concerns related to animal agriculture include ammonia. One area that this has become apparent is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The park appears majestic and pristine. But is everything really in harmony?

Ammonia Deposition Alpine Ecosystems

Ammonia, which is a basic atmospheric gas emitted from livestock and other farms, combines with nitrogen oxides from cars and other combustion sources to create nitrogen particles which deposit in the park. As a result, this fragile ecosystem is being changed. What part do livestock operations play and how can they help preserve this national treasure?

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For additional information on this topic, visit “Ammonia Emissions from Animal Agriculture: An Introduction


This video was authored by the late Dr. Ron Sheffield, Louisiana State University AgCenter. If you have questions or suggestions regarding this video, please contact Dr. Rick Stowell,

These materials were developed by the Air Quality Education in Animal Agriculture (AQEAA) project with with financial support from the National Research Initiative Competitive Grant 2007-55112-17856 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.