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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.
In 2014, the NCPN completed the fourth year of invasive exotic plant (IEP) monitoring at Golden Spike National Historic Site. Nine priority IEP species were detected on monitoring routes that covered all major roads, trails, and riparian areas. Three additional non-priority species were recorded only in quadrats. Find out which species were most prevalent and how the 2014 results compare to previous years of monitoring.
Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015
In 2014, the NCPN completed the first year of monitoring at Canyonlands National Park, restored monitoring at Curecanti National Recreation Area (previously halted due to federal budget sequestration), and continued monitoring at Dinosaur National Monument and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Find out more and learn all about big rivers surveying.