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 NPSâ€™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
Report: 2012 Breeding Landbird Report
Results from volunteer bird monitoring program in most network parks
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..
Temperate Times Newsletter, Summer 2013
Check out NETN's latest newsletter to find updates about rocky intertidal monitoring, Acadia's Spruce-Fir forest monitoring, breeding landbirds, and more.
Program Brief: Phenology Monitoring
Phenology refers to the timing of seasonal or periodic biological
events, and is a key indicator of the pace of climate change. Find out how NETN parks are tracking this important phenomenon.