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The intent of park vital signs monitoring is to track a subset of physical, chemical, and biological elements and processes of park ecosystems that are selected to represent the overall health or condition of park resources, known or hypothesized effects of stressors, or elements that have important human values.

The elements and processes that are monitored are a subset of the total suite of natural resources that park managers are directed to preserve "unimpaired for future generations," including water, air, geological resources, plants and animals, and the various ecological, biological, and physical processes that act on those resources. In situations where natural areas have been so highly altered that physical and biological processes no longer operate (e.g., control of fires and floods in developed areas), information obtained through monitoring can help managers understand how to develop the most effective approach to restoration or, in cases where restoration is impossible, ecologically sound management.

The CUPN Monitoring Plan provides a detailed description of the strategy for monitoring these vital signs. The table below shows the detailed monitoring protocols used to sample these vital signs to date.

Published Protocols Vital Signs
Cave Meteorology
  1. Cave Meteorology
Invasive Species Early Detection
  1. Invasive Species Early Detection
Landscape Dynamics
  1. Landscape Dynamics
Ozone Foliar Injury
  1. Ozone Foliar Injury
Vegetation Community
  1. Vegetation Community
Water Quality
  1. Water Quality
Cave Crickets
  1. Cave Crickets
Protocols in Preparation Vital Signs
Cave Aquatic Biota
  1. Cave Aquatic Biota
Cave Bats
  1. Cave Bats
Protocols to be Developed Vital Signs
Allegheny Woodrat
  1. Allegheny Woodrat

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