Parks in this Network
Northeast Temperate Network - Inventory & Monitoring
The Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) was established by the US National Park Service (NPS) to monitor ecological conditions in 12 parks located in seven northeastern states as well as six additional states through which the Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes. The broad-based, scientifically sound information obtained through long term natural resource monitoring will have multiple applications for management decision-making, research, education, and promoting public understanding of park resources.
Knowing the condition of natural resources in national parks is fundamental to the NPS's ability to manage park resources. Parks are open systems, and the challenge of protecting and managing their natural resources requires a partnership-based ecosystem approach. Natural resource monitoring provides site-specific information needed to understand and identify change in complex, variable, and imperfectly understood natural systems and to determine whether observed changes are within natural levels of variability.
What's New in the Network
A winter wildlife tracking program will be presented at Vermont's Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP tis winter.
The 2012 field season marked NETN's 3rd year of repeat sampling, and now three quarters of all forest plots have been sampled twice. Read the report from the link above, or go to the Education and Outreach page for Resource Briefs for each park..
Field Note: Snags and CWD
Are dead standing trees and fallen logs important for forest health? It turns out they are critical for many species of birds, mamals, and insects.
Newsletter: Winter 2014 Temperatre Times
In this edition of the Temperate Times, find out about ongoing research on bees and deer in Morristown NHP, Acadia's 8th year of forest health monitoring, NETN's part in a new book on natural resource management decision making, and more.