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Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN)

Parks in this Network

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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: Screening for Contaminants of Emerging Concern, 2013 Field Season

Report: Screening for Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network, 2013

After three years of sampling for pesticides and wastewater indicators and two years of sampling for pharmaceutical and personal care products, patterns of contamination are beginning to emerge in selected locations in NCPN park units. This report presents the results of sampling conducted in 2013 in Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks, and Dinosaur and Timpanogos Cave National Monuments.

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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 Pleasant Creek, Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center, Colorado National Monument Elk Creek Campground, Curecanti NRA Lake Fork Campground, Curecanti NRA Split Mountain from Quarry Exhibit Hall, Dinosaur NM Temples and Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park

Report: Landbird Monitoring, 2013 Field Season

NCPN Landbird Monitoring Report, 2013 Field Season

This report presents the results of the ninth year of habitat-based landbird monitoring conducted in NCPN parks. Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory biologists surveyed 45 locations within 11 NCPN parks, and recorded a total of 8,710 birds of 120 species. In addition, eight point counts and eight area searches were conducted at Pipe Spring National Monument, with a total of 370 birds of 34 species detected.

Brief: Big Rivers Monitoring, 2014 Field Season

Big Rivers Monitoring Brief, 2014 Field Season

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.

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