What’s Up With The Red Lights?
You may notice that all of the utility hook-up stations throughout the Crooked River Campground at Cove Palisades State Park are all now red lights rather than the traditional white lights.
During the summer of 2015 a study was undertaken at the campground where 10 campsites’ utility stations were changed to red lights for illumination. Each evening the campers at these 10 campsites were asked their opinion of the change to red lighting. After they responded, they were told that the red lighting offered several advantages over the white lights.
The reasoning included:
• Most animals cannot see the red spectrum of light thereby making the campground look completely dark and more natural to the animals
• Red lights offer the same levels of illumination as white lights while allowing us humans to better adapt to the nighttime
• Red lights are not as intrusive to tent and tent trailer campers
The results of the study were more positive than anticipated. There were no negative comments and several people asked why red lights weren’t being installed at all Oregon State Parks. As an additional benefit, placing a red film over the existing white lights cost less than $0.50 per campsite.
So… enjoy the new lighting at Cove Palisades’ Crooked River campground. It is beneficial to the wildlife while being less intrusive to us humans.
Thank you to Park Host Scott Spence for spearheading this project!
Posted on May 27, 2016, in Astronomy, Earth Science + Technology, Environmental Education, Events, Oregon State Park Information, The Park, Wildlife and tagged Campground Light Experiementt, Light Pollution. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.