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North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN)

Inventory & Monitoring at
Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899. The park is 235,625 acres, of which 97% is designated Wilderness. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous US, with over 35 square miles of snow and ice and spawning six major rivers.

Approximately 58% of the park is forested, 23% is subalpine parkland, and the remainder is alpine, half of which is vegetated and the other half consists of permanent snow and ice. Vegetation is diverse, reflecting the varied climatic and environmental conditions encountered across the park's 12,800-ft elevation gradient.

Monitoring Conducted at Mount Rainier National Park

 

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What's the difference?

A Checklist A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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