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Saving Hampshire County's Dark Night Sky

A Community Project to Protect a Most Important Environmental Resources

    Light pollution has numerous serious effects on humans and on animals. It can disrupt sleep cycles and animal migratory activities as well as many other aspects of life. It also pollutes the sky so both humans and animals (some of which rely on star sightings for migration) can not see the fainter stars. As light pollution becomes more pervasive, more and more stars fade from view. As our County embarks on a major rewriting of our County Comprehensive Plan it is important that we address this issue.

    If you are concerned about losing an aspect of our environment that makes rural living in Hampshire County so pleasant, please speak up on this issue. You may contact Charlie Baker, our Compliance Officer at the County Planner's Office at (304)822-7018 or email charlie@hampshirewv.com.

Web Links of Interest:

National Geographic article on the national problem of light pollution

The International Dark Sky Association

Books on the night sky from Sky & Telescope

Project Night Sky

National Park Service - Night Sky

Another National Park Service Dark Sky page

The City Dark - video - a PBS Point of View documentary

Night View of Earth - an interactive map