Parks in this Network
Northeast Temperate Network - Inventory & Monitoring
The Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) was established by the US National Park Service (NPS) to monitor ecological conditions in 13 parks located in seven northeastern states as well as six additional states through which the Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes. The broad-based, scientifically sound information obtained through long term natural resource monitoring will have multiple applications for management decision-making, research, education, and promoting public understanding of park resources.
Knowing the condition of natural resources in national parks is fundamental to the NPS's ability to manage park resources. Parks are open systems, and the challenge of protecting and managing their natural resources requires a partnership-based ecosystem approach. Natural resource monitoring provides site-specific information needed to understand and identify change in complex, variable, and imperfectly understood natural systems and to determine whether observed changes are within natural levels of variability.
Briefs: Species Spotlight
This series of briefs will explore a new species each month that NETN monitors during some part of the year. You'll find new briefs here and archived ones on the Education and Outreach page.
Video: Why We Monitor!
Field Note: Snags and CWD
Are dead standing trees and fallen logs important for forest health? It turns out they are critical for many species of birds, mammals, and insects. Download the Field Note to learn more.