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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

Landbird Trends in NCCN Parks, 2005-2012

Landbird Trends in NCCN Parks, 2005-2012 Report

National parks in NCCN can fulfill vital roles as refuges for bird species dependent on late-successional forests and as reference sites for assessing the effects of land-use/land-cover changes on bird populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Long-term monitoring of landbirds provides information that can inform decisions about park management issues such as visitor impacts, fire management, and effects of introduced species...
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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 Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park View of the Nisqually Valley from Paradise at Mount Rainier 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 Glacier Monitoring: Water Year 2011

Mount Rainier National Park Glacier monitoring report, water year 2011

Glaciers are sensitive indicators of climate change and important drivers of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Glaciers are a high-priority Vital Sign in the North Coast and Cascades Network. There are currently 27 major glaciers at Mount Rainier National Park, which cover about 90 km2....
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