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Cumberland Piedmont Network (CUPN)

Cumberland Piedmont Network Parks

Water quality monitoring at Abraham Lincoln NHS Wood ducks at Little River Canyon NPres Cave cricket Turkey foraging after a prescribed fire burn at Cowpens NB Great blue heron at Little River Canyon Npres Cave music room at Cumberland Gap NHP Bald eagle at Fort Donelson NB Cave crayfish at Mammoth Cave NP Rock formation at Carl Sandburg NHS Fog bank at Cumberland Gap NHP Black bear at Cumberland Gap NHP Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) at nest Endangered Kentucky cave shrimp (Palaemonias ganteri) The rare Georgia Aster (Aster georgianus) at KIMO Sandhill cranes at Little River Canyon Npres Russell Cave NM

The CUPN I&M Program is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. It is comprised of 14 national park units with diverse cultural and natural resources distributed across seven states and six different physiographic regions.

The monitoring objectives for CUPN are centered around monitoring aquatic, cave, and terrestrial ecosystems at these parks. CUPN works closely with each park's natural resources program to develop and implement long-term monitoring and provide sound scientific information to park managers.

The Cumberland Piedmont Network contains parks with tremendous cave ecosystems, including the world’s longest documented cave (Mammoth Cave in Kentucky), which provides habitat for many cave endemic species, and several federally listed species, such as the Indiana bat, Gray bat, and Kentucky Cave Shrimp. The aquatic ecosystems are also extremely significant and include such highlights as the free-flowing Little River in Alabama, one of the cleanest, wildest waterways in the South. The terrestrial ecosystem is exceptionally diverse with globally rare communities, such as limestone glades at Chickamauga Battlefield in Georgia and Stones River in Tennessee, and the granitic domes at Carl Sandburg Home in North Carolina. Many forests contain vast tracts of unfragmented areas supporting wildlife, such as the black bear at Cumberland Gap, and unique wetland communities found in the floodplain forests of Shiloh in Tennessee.

Network Parks

Cumberland Piedmont Network Park Map

CUPN park map Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP Mammoth Cave NP Fort Donelson NB Cumberland Gap NHP Guilford Courthouse NMP Carl Sandburg Home NHS Kings Mountain NMP Cowpens NB Ninety Six NHS Chickamauga & Chatanooga NMP Russell Cave NM Little River Canyon NPres Shiloh NMP Stones River NB

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