Parks in this Network
Sonoran Desert Network
The Sonoran Desert Network (SODN) is one of 32 National Park Service (NPS) inventory and monitoring networks nationwide. These networks use vital signs monitoring to assess the condition of park ecosystems. The goal is to develop a stronger scientific basis for stewardship and management of natural resources across the National Park System.
The Sonoran Desert Network consists of 10 national park units in central and southern Arizona and 1 unit in southwestern New Mexico. These parks are characteristic of two ecoregions: the upper Sonoran subdivision of the Sonoran Desert Ecoregion and the Apache Highlands Ecoregion. SODN parks range in size from half a square mile to 517 square miles (147 to 133,882 hectares).
This web site delivers information about these resources and the scientific activities underway in the SODN. Learn more about what we're doing by exploring the links on the left or visit our park unit pages to find out about the resources found at each of these special places.
Blog: Dane in the Desert
See the Sonoran Desert through the eyes of our European intern. Jesper Devantier, from Copenhagen, Denmark, will be working with our uplands field crew until June 2014.
Video: It's Alive! Biological Soil Crusts in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts
Heliograph Newsletter, Summer 2013
Get the scoop on our new digs--the Desert Research Learning Center--and find out how we're using the new office space and grounds to facilitate service learning and collect data (as well as to analyze and report on it). The issue also includes project updates and a schedule of summer fieldwork.
This report summarizes the results of a multi-year vegetation mapping study conducted at Fort Bowie NHS from 2008 to 2010. Knowing what's growing where, and what kinds of habitat occur in a park, facilitates park planning, resource monitoring, interpretive programs,prescribed fire, and climate change response.