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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.
Program: Temperate Times - Winter 2015
In this edition of NETN’s The Temperate Times, learn about the latest smartphone apps that can turn anyone into a citizen scientist, get updated about invasive species detection in Network parks, learn how climate change could be influencing the record snow and frigid temps in the Northeast the past couple of years, and how people can help collect phenology information this spring, summer, and fall in participating parks.
Field Note: Continuous Water Quality Monitoring
During the next several monitoring seasons, NETN is working on installing semi-permanent data collection instruments that will continuously collect selected water quality parameters in network streams and ponds. Download the Field Note to learn more.
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. Download the Field Note to learn more.
Facebook: Monitoring time lapse videos
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.