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Cumberland Piedmont Network (CUPN)

Inventory & Monitoring at
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

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Location of Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP in the Cumberland Piedmont Network. Click for larger image.

Located on the border between Tennessee and Georgia, this 9,000 acre park consists of several sites, representing Civil War battles fought during the fall of 1863, to gain control of Chattanooga, a key rail center and gateway to the heart of the Confederacy. Chickamauga Battlefield, the largest unit of the Park at 5283 acres, contains globally rare limestone cedar glades, creek bluffs, willow oak ponds, and open fields which are either cut twice a year for hay or mowed regularly. Lookout Mountain, the second largest unit at 2689 acres, is comprised of forested sandstone cliffs, and rich limestone slopes, containing many springs and caves.

The Cumberland Piedmont Network inventory program has provided this park with a vegetation community classification and map, a wetlands inventory, and updated vascular plant and vertebrate species lists. During the vegetation community classification work, 25 distinct associations were documented and mapped, including a globally rare type of limestone glade.

The Network monitoring program includes five vital signs involving repeated visits to established sites following procedures set forth by each monitoring protocol. These five vital signs are: cave bats, forest vegetation communities, invasive species early detection, ozone/foliar injury, and water quality. The cave bat monitoring protocol is scheduled for completion in 2013. Water quality monitoring began in 2003 and continues on a monthly schedule for two years "on," five years "off," at seven sites. Forest monitoring began in 2011–2012 with the establishment of 16 long-term monitoring plots. More new plots will be established over the next couple years, followed by a five-year revisit schedule, occurring in early May. Ozone levels and foliar injury are assessed on-site every six years, beginning in 2010. The Invasive Species Early Detection protocol was completed in 2012 and will be used by field crews to monitor for priority exotics during their scheduled field work.

Park managers are using inventory and monitoring data to create resource stewardship strategies for achieving desired future conditions. The links to inventory and monitoring reports are provided on this page.

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A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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