National Park Service

Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)

Upper Columbia Basin Network

Lemhi penstemon flowers at Big Hole National Battlefield Camas lilies in bloom at Big Hole National Battlefield Student intern samples aquatic macroinvertebrates Aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling at Big Hole NB America pika  (Ochotona princeps) Water chemistry sampling at John Day Fossil Beds NM Training field crews to find evidence of American pika Osprey in flight over Lake Roosevelt NRA Looking out Indian Tunnel cave entrance at Craters of the Moon NM Limber pine tree at Craters of the Moon NMP Sagebrush steppe monitoring plot at City of Rocks NR Lava cinder at Craters of the Moon NMP NPS field crew sampling in the Big Hole River Sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) courting display Aspen grove at Craters of the Moon NMP City of Rocks National Reserve

The Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN) is one of 32 National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Networks across the country established to collect, analyze, and synthesize data and information about natural resource conditions in park units.

There are nine National Park Service units in UCBN, located in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. UCBN parks occupy portions of the Columbia Plateau and Snake River Plain geographic regions where sagebrush-steppe is the predominant ecosystem type.

This website delivers information about the UCBN, and scientific activities the Network is conducting in collaboration with each park's natural resource program. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park unit pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places.


Featured Information

Report: 2012 Sagebrush Steppe Vegetation Monitoring in City of Rocks National Reserve

2012 sagebrush steppe monitoring report cover

A survey of sagebrush steppe ecological condition was conducted in June 2012 in City of Rocks National Reserve and adjacent Castle Rocks State Park. This report summarizes some of the key findings from the 2012 field season.
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Live Webcams
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Big Hole NB Visitor Center Webcam Sheep Rock Webcam at John Day Fossil Beds NM Spalding Site Webcam at Nez Perce NHP

Video: Pika Monitoring at Craters of the Moon National Monument

New Publication: 50 years of woodland change in City of Rocks National Reserve

2013 Woodland dynamics journal article

Provides a toolset for assessing woodland ecotone dynamics that can help managers reconcile the demands to preserve the park’s historical condition and contribute to the protected area system.
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Website: The Climate Analyzer

2012 sagebrush steppe monitoring report cover

This website offers many user-friendly options for generating custom graphs and tables from historical weather station data.
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