Conclusions

The following conclusions summarize information from other pages on Arb Sonics such as Results and Best Woods Acoustic Health.

1) Best Woods is predominately an anthropogenic acoustic system.

2) Vehicle sounds are keynotes (most audible sounds) within Best Woods, as are squirrel and bird vocalizations (Graph).

3) Best Woods is acoustically healthy because the system has varied, complex, and balanced acoustics.  Even though vehicle sounds are almost continually audible (Graph) (Graph), the lack of sound masking evident in audio samples and their associated spectrograms (see example below), and the variety, complexity, and balance present within the system (see Best Woods Acoustic Health), demonstrates the  health and acoustic coherence of Best Woods.

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Bird and Cricket

As the study demonstrates, sounds are communication tools between species and the environment at large.  On a more personal level, sounds provide linkages to memories.  Since natural soundscapes are threatened by the ever-expanding industrialized world, the audibility of important sounds may be diminished or completely eliminated.  How would you feel if you returned to a once quiet forest that you grew up in, to discover the natural ambiance had been destroyed because of newly constructed roads or buildings that produced unwanted noise?  The brilliance of the untainted forest acoustics would be lost and nostalgia for the pre-industrialized state of the forest would be evoked.  Just as landscapes are preserved for their beauty and biological importance, soundscapes need to be preserved for the exact same reasons.  Although Best Woods is anthropogenic, appreciation for its soundscape, and the Arb’s soundscape as a whole, should be developed so that the sensory experience of being within this beautiful location can be valued and preserved.