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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: Riparian Monitoring of Wadeable Streams, East Fork Virgin River, Zion National Park: Summary Report, 2008-2012

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.

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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

Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015

Brief: Invasive Exotic Plants and River Regulation at Dinosaur National Monument

Brief: Invasive Exotic Plants and River Regulation at Dinosaur National Monument

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.

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