National Park Service

National Capital Region Network (NCRN)

South Fork Quantico Creek
South Fork Quantico Creek

Inventory & Monitoring at
Prince William Forest Park

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As part of a region-wide effort, the National Capital Region Network (NCRN) monitors resources in the natural areas of Prince William. One of the biggest efforts is the monitoring of forest vegetation in 145 plots spread throughout Prince William's forests. In all plots, the trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs are identified to group or species, measured, and labeled. They are also checked for diseases, pests, and evidence of deer browse. Special note is made of both rare and invasive plant species.

The NCRN also monitors water quality on a quarterly basis in 9 streams including: Boneyard Run, Carters Run, Mary Bird Branch, Mawavi Run, Quantico Creek, Orenda Run, South Fork Quantico Creek, Sow Run, and Taylor Run. We measure the pH, dissolved oxygen, water temperature, acid neutralizing capacity, salinity/specific conductance, nitrate, and total phosphorus of the water. We also measure stream width, depth, flow, and discharge. A set of continuous water loggers in Quantico Creek and South Fork Quantico Creek also measure conductivity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and water level. NCRN monitored aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and stream physical habitat between 2008 and 2013.

Stream amphibians are monitored yearly, and

birds are monitored twice each year at 132 plots.

For more Information contact: Megan Nortrup



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Air & Climate
Amphibians
Deer
Forest Birds
Forest Vegetation

NCRN Forest Vegetation Visualizer - This online tool presents the results of long-term monitoring of forest vegetation in NCRN parks. It displays NCRN forest data from 2005 through the present in map, graph, or tabular format.

Landscape
Stream Biological Surveys
Water & Other Vital Signs

NCRN Water Quality Visualizer - This online tool presents the results of long-term monitoring of streams in NCRN parks. It displays NCRN water data from 2005 through the present in graph or tabular format.

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Animal & Plant Inventory Reports

Species List Generator - This online tool provides park-specific species lists that can include all species or be sorted by: Amphibians/Reptiles, Birds, Fish, Mammals, Plants, or Other Species.

Geology & Paleontology Inventory Reports
Soil Survey Data
Water & Climate Inventory Reports

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Air & Climate Monitoring Reports
Forest Bird Monitoring Reports
Forest Vegetation Monitoring Reports

NCRN Forest Vegetation Visualizer - This online tool presents the results of long-term monitoring of forest vegetation in NCRN parks. It displays NCRN forest data from 2005 through the present in map, graph, or tabular format.

Stream Biology Monitoring Reports
Remote Sensing & Landscape Pattern Monitoring Reports
Water Quality Monitoring Reports

NCRN Water Quality Visualizer - This online tool presents the results of long-term monitoring of streams in NCRN parks. It displays NCRN water data from 2005 through the present in graph or tabular format.

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Natural Resource Condition Assessment


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What's the difference?

A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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