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Sonoran Desert I&M Network (SODN)


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The Southwest Network Collaboration

Vegetation monitoring, Tumacácori NHP
The collaboration brings together employees from five networks and two agencies to meet common goals.

The Southwest Network Collaboration (SWNC) is a joint effort between the natural resource inventory & monitoring programs of the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Through this collaboration, the programs share monitoring protocols and duties related to data collection and reporting. The goal of the SWNC is to improve effectiveness and efficiency across all five networks.

National Park Service Partners U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners
Sonoran Desert Network Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts Zone
Chihuahuan Desert Network Plains and Playa Zone
Southern Plains Network  

Under the SWNC, the networks (in varying combinations) share protocols, training, data management, and reporting responsibilities for eight different protocols: air quality, climate, invasive exotic plants, groundwater, landbirds, surface water (streams and seeps/springs/tinajas), and terrestrial vegetation & soils, as well as trailmaster cameras. A complete breakdown of which protocols and responsibilities are shared among which networks can be found at the SWNC SharePoint site (DOI only).

For details on how the collaboration works, see our brief:
The Southwest Network Collaboration: Interagency Cooperation for the Common Good.

SWNC map
Southwest Network Collaboration networks and units.
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