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Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN)

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Northern Colorado Plateau Network

Raven, Canyonlands National Park Snow, Zion National Park Steamboat Rock, Dinosaur National Monument Cactus and soil crust, Arches National Park Pleasant Creek, Capitol Reef National Park Wildflowers, Cedar Breaks National Monument Bryce Canyon National Park Wildflowers, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Runoff, Colorado National Monument Curecanti National Recreation Area Chicken Creek Trail, Fossil Butte National Monument Golden Spike National Historic Site Hovenweep National Monument Pond, Pipe Spring National Monument American Fork Canyon, Timpanogos Cave NM Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

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.


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Report: Evaluation of Quality-Control Data and Quality Assurance for Routine Water Quality Monitoring in Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks

Report: Evaluation of Quality-Control Data and Quality Assurance for Routine Water Quality Monitoring: Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks, Water Years 2006-2013

To track long-term trends in water quality of stream water at Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks, the NCPN submits monthly water-quality samples to the Utah Public Health Laboratory (in cooperation with the Utah Division of Water Quality). This report describes the data quality for major constituents, nutrients, and trace elements in stream samples collected during water years 2006-2013.

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Grizzly Ridge, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Gunnison Point, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Island in the Sky Visitor Center, Canyonlands NP Visitor Center, Colorado National Monument Elk Creek Campground, Curecanti NRA Split Mountain from Quarry Exhibit Hall, Dinosaur NM Temples and Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park

Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015

Brief: Short-term Forecasting of Vegetation Condition: Potential Management Uses

Brief: Short-term Forecasting of Vegetation Condition: Potential Management Uses

This brief describes a quantitative model that is able to forecast short-term vegetation condition on the Colorado Plateau. The vegetation response model combines data from annual, plot-level monitoring; high-frequency, broad-scale imagery from NASA satellites; and weather stations in and near parks.

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