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North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN)

North Coast and Cascades Network

Western dog violet at Mount Rainier NP Sand dune prairie habitat at San Juan Island NHP High-elevation weather station at Mount Rainier NP Forest vegetation at North Cascades NP Fish survey at Ross Lake in North Cascades NP Water quality sampling at North Cascades NP Silver Glacier and Silver Lake at North Cascades NP Subalpine vegetation at North Cascades NP Marine scientist assessing a monitoring site at Olympic NP Prairie herbaceous vegetation at San Juan Island NHP Fish sampling crew at Ebey's Landing NHR Small mammal sampling in planted barley at Fort Vancouver NHS Dismal Nitch at Lewis & Clark NHP

Located in the Pacific Northwest, the North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN) is composed of seven park units located in northwestern Oregon and the western half of Washington (state).

NCCN parks are in the mountains and lowlands of the Pacific Northwest, from the Pacific Ocean to the east slope of the Cascades Range. Tall mountains and a maritime climate produce a tremendous environmental gradient, varying in elevation from sea level to glaciers, and in annual precipitation from almost 200 inches to less than 20 inches per year. These environmental patterns shape the variety and distribution of plant and animal communities and ecosystems encompassed within the parks.

This website delivers information about these resources, the Network's Inventory & Monitoring Program, and the scientific activities underway. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park units pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places. From these pages you can access study results, data, and related analysis about the natural resources investigated by the NCCN, its parks, and research and land management partners. Park managers use this information make to decisions about park resources.


Featured Information

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Elk Monitoring 4-Year Report

Elk monitoring in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park: 2008-2012 synthesis report

Maintaining elk herds in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is central to the park purpose: preserving historic, cultural, scenic, and natural resources associated with the winter encampment of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Elk were critical to the Lewis and Clark expedition, providing food and hides...
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View of Mount Rainier from the Paradise Visitor Center Looking west from Jackson Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park Jackson Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park Looking south towards the Tatoosh Range from Paradise at Mount Ranier National Park Monitors the visibility over the Nisqually Valley from Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park Lake Crescent at Olympic National Park View from the Visitor Center at North Cascades National Park

Video: Taking the Pulse (produced by the NCCN Science Learning Network)

Mount Rainier National Park Climate Monitoring: Water Year 2011

North Coast and Cascades Network climate monitoring report: Mount Rainier National Park; water year 2011

Climate and weather events define the ecological characteristics found in national parks and are key to understanding and interpreting changes in natural resources. Everyday park operations including fire management, search and rescue, maintenance of park infrastructure, and visitor use are influenced by weather. This report summarizes climate data collected in Mount Rainier National Park during the 2011 water year....
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