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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.
Briefs: Monitoring Matters
This series of briefs was inspired by the question: "Do parks actually use the data NETN creates and shares with them?" Monitoring Matters explores some of the specific ways NETN aids in the park management decision making process, from providing monitoring data to technical support. You'll find the new briefs under the "Park Briefs" dropdowns in NETN Park Pages.
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.