Monitoring Phase II Report Information
Phase II of the planning and design effort involves prioritizing and selecting the vital signs that will be included in the Network's integrated monitoring program.
The most important outcome of the Phase II process was the selection of vital signs with the highest priority for monitoring. This process requires a broad multi-taxa, multi-ecosystem perspective and careful scientific review. In the Klamath Network, we used two steps to prioritize vitals signs: 1) an extensive review with outside scientists in the region, and 2) a final internal review by Network natural resources staff. A list of the top ten vital signs for the Klamath Network, in order of priority, resulting from the two-step process are shown below:
Distribution and abundance of select invasive, non-native plants, animals, and diseases. Trends in populations of amphibians, whitebark pine, aspen and other keystone and sensitive plants and animals (to be determined, including rare species). Structure, composition, and population trends. Focal types include old growth forest, riparian forests, and ponderosa pine forest, early successional vegetation, and special botanical areas (Little Bald Hills, Puccinellia springs). Bird community composition and structure. Intertidal community (e.g. invertebrates and algae), structure, and composition. Composition and structure of freshwater communities (e.g. macroinvertebrates) including mussels and freshwater vegetation. Composition and structure of cave entrance communities. Water temperature, chemistry, flow, and pollutant loads. Changes in land cover and use in and around parks. Road density and use patterns. Temperature, air flow, and ice levels.(click on a report's file name to download it)
File Name Download Size Date Updated Phase II Report 5.2 MB 8/24/05 Appendix A - Park Profiles 1.6 MB Appendix B - NPS Policies 49 KB Appendix C - Vegetation 73 KB Appendix D - Fire Regimes 599 KB Appendix E - Rare Species 413 KB Appendix F - Water Quality 12.9 MB Appendix G - Vital Signs 734 KB Appendix H - Air Resources 1.3 MB Appendix I - Non-native Species 108 KB Appendix J - Existing Monitoring 1.4 MB Appendix K - Glossary of Terms 72 KB Appendix L - Quantitative Ranking 311 KB Appendix M - Ranking Comments 124 KB Appendix N - Candidate Comments 210 KB