I am a year round hiker on Mt Washington. One question that has continually bothered me is, what does the Observatory do to help the mountain? I understand it is a weather observatory, meant for that reason. However, they are given a huge privilege by using a beautiful space that is meant for the public. Other than charging the public $500 a night to stay there, what does the observatory actually do for the mountain? Do they clean, protect, or generally help the mountain? I haven't been able to find a single instance that the observatory actually benefits the mountain. Not even taking into consideration the pollution and eyesore that the observatory creates, what does the observatory do to help this beautiful place that they take so much from?