National Park Service

Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)

Great spangled fritillary butterflies at Bandelier National Monument American crocodile at Biscayne National Park Loggerhead sea turtle at Dry Tortugas National Park Holgate Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park Bobcat perched on a saguaro cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Intertidal pool at Redwood National and State Parks Fall colors at Shenandoah National Park Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Bighorn sheep at Zion Park

Inventory & Monitoring in Parks

National Park managers across the country are confronted with complex and challenging issues that require a broad-based understanding about the status and trends of park natural resources.

As part of the National Park Service's efforts to improve park management through the greater reliance on scientific knowledge, the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program collects, organizes, analyzes, and synthesizes natural resource data and information, and provides the results in a variety of useful formats. More »»


Featured Information

Video: Seeking Clarity; Tracking Change in Mountain Lakes

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NPS Data Store Version 2.0
(Released January 2016)

NPS Data Store page

Version 2.0 of the NPS-wide repository for documents, publications, and data sets related to NPS natural and cultural resources.
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IMD Communication Strategy &
Resource Guide

IMD Communication Plan

The IMD Communication Strategy and Resource Guide has been developed to provide all IMD staff with information strategies, and practical tools to...
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Video: Why We Monitor - NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program

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Monitoring Cave Organisms, Cumberland Piedmont I&M Network

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Inventory and Monitoring Division Database Standards

IMD Communication Plan

The purpose of this document is to define and establish a common core of database standards for the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Division
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