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Northeast Temperate Network (NETN)

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Northeast Temperate Network - Inventory & Monitoring

Pogue Brook cascades through Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Ed Sharron photo. Fall colors cover the forest below the vantage point from Annapolis Rock along the A.T. in Maryland. NPS photo. The sun sets on the rocky coastline of Acadia National Park in Maine. Ed Sharron photo. The Passaic River makes is way through a shady section of Morristown's forest. NPS photo. View from along the trail in the historic area of the Saugus Iron Works NHS. NPS photo. Middle Brewster Island of the Boston Harbor Islands NRA plays host to a nesting colony of Double Crested Cormorants. Carol Trocki photo. Rolled haystacks dot the edges of a windy trail through Minute Man NHP. NPS photo. Stone Cottage In Eleanor Roosevelt NHS enjoys a beautiful pond view.NPS photo. The historic battlefields of Saratoga NHP preserve not only hisotry, but important bird and wildlife habitat. NPS photo. Weir Pond provides scenic beauty and important wildlife habitat in the park. NPS photo.

 

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

Program: Warblers, Woods and watersheds

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Join NETN staff at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in Woodstock, VT for this 2-hour hike to learn about the basics of monitoring birds, invasive species, salamanders, forest health, phenology, and water quality. Great on-line resources that will enrich your understanding of the park and the plants, birds, and animals that call it home will also be shared. Program Dates: 6/14, 7/12, 8/23. Call the park at 802-457-3368 for more details.

Report: 2012 Forest Health Monitoring report

Information Brief

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

Temperate Times Newsletter, Summer 2013

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: Summer 2014 Temperatre Times

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In this edition of the Temperate Times, find out about ongoing coastal bird montoring off the shore of Boston,, 8 years of forest health and breeding bird data, time lapse monitoring videos, and more.

 

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