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Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)

Document & Publication Guidance & Templates

This page provides document templates and related guidance for I&M offices and our research partners.

Document & Publication Guidance

All documents available for download on I&M webpages should follow NPS Graphic Identity Program and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 508) policy requirements.

Most I&M briefs and other documents under 20 total pages are released as unpublished documents. The templates below are provided to help I&M offices meet NPS Graphic Identity and Section 508 requirements for briefs and other short documents.

Most officially published I&M documents are published in one of the NPS Natural Resource Publications report series. Additionally, I&M authors are fully encouraged to publish with scientific periodicals, other government agencies, universities, or private publishers.

I&M Templates for Briefs & Other Short Documents

These generic templates were designed to help I&M offices meet Graphic Identity Program and Section 508 policy requirements for briefs and other documents under 20 total pages. I&M offices are not required to use these templates.

MS Word Templates

Our generic MS Word templates were designed for I&M offices that do not have access to Adobe InDesign. Feel free to update the look and feel of the templates to meet your needs.

Adobe InDesign Templates

Our generic Adobe InDesign templates were designed for I&M offices that have access to Adobe InDesign. Feel free to update the look and feel of the templates to meet your needs.

  • I&M Basic Brief Template CS6 (.zip): Basic two-column brief template that is designed to be used for one-to four-page briefs, fact sheets, etc.
  • I&M Traditional Brief Template CS6 (.zip): Basic two-column brief template, using the traditional format and layout used in templates originally produced by the national-level NRSS Education and Outreach office. This template is also designed to be used for one-to four-page briefs, fact sheets, etc.
  • I&M Small Document Template CS6 (.zip): A graphic layout option that mimics popular layout brief themes used by multiple I&M offices that typically use Adobe InDesign. This option features a large image on the front cover, more emphasis on graphics inside the report, and comes with an optional back cover page. This basic layout theme has been especially popular for small documents that are over four pages in length.
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