The Network's Inventory Program
The core goals of the Inventory Program are:
- To document through existing, verifiable data and targeted field investigations the occurrence of at least 90 percent of the species of vertebrates and vascular plants currently estimated to occur in the parks.
- To describe the distribution and relative abundance of species of special concern, such as Threatened and Endangered species, exotics, and other species of special management interest occurring within park boundaries.
- To provide the baseline information needed to develop a general monitoring strategy and design that can be implemented by parks once inventories have been completed, tailored to specific park threats and resource issues.
- To develop a coordinated Network data management effort which results in readily available biological resource information for within-park management, as well as regional resource managers, scientists, and the public.
Review of the existing data began in 2000 and preliminary analysis allowed the Network to target information gaps to be addressed by field inventory. In 2001, the Network prepared a detailed study plan (download plan, 1MB, 10/21/01), which specified the field work needed to address these information gaps. Since then, the Klamath Network has compiled extensive information about park environments, processes, threats, and management concerns. This research was used to develop conceptual models to illustrate the biophysical character, dynamic nature, and human influences on park ecosystems in the Klamath Network parks. Details of specific inventories and their related reports may be found by clicking on one of the the categories on the left side of this page. In addition, several of the inventory projects have been summarized in the following final report.
In addition to vascular plant and vertebrate inventories, the Klamath Network works with the National I&M Program to complete the 12 basic inventories. The first major component of the NPS National Inventory and Monitoring framework is a set of 12 core natural resource inventory data sets needed to effectively manage a park's resources. The 12 datasets include a variety of biotic and abiotic ecosystem components which are:
The 12 Basic Inventories Klamath Network Information