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Northern Colorado Plateau Network
The NCPN consists of 16 parks with diverse cultural and natural resources distributed across four states and three physiographic regions. Ecosystems include desert grasslands, shrublands and woodlands, forested terrestrial systems, and aquatic systems, including large rivers, perennial streams, seeps, springs, and cave systems.
This site provides access to study results, data, and related analysis about the natural resources investigated by the NCPN network, its parks, research and land management partners. Park managers use this information to make decisions about park resources.
Report: Riparian Monitoring of Wadeable Streams, East Fork Virgin River, Zion National Park: Summary Report, 2008-2012
The NCPN monitors vegetation, hydrology, and geomorphology in wadeable streams in Zion National Park. This report summarizes monitoring of the East Fork Virgin River from 2008 to 2012. It presents baseline data on three monitored reaches and examines changes in geomorphology and vegetation resulting from a December 2010 flood event.
Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015
Using data accumulated through our long-term monitoring of invasive exotic plants in Dinosaur National Monument, the NCPN recently investigated the question of whether riparian areas of regulated rivers have more invasive plants than those of unregulated rivers.