National Park Service

Cumberland Piedmont Network (CUPN)

Inventory & Monitoring at Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Location of Fort Donelson NB in the Cumberland Piedmont Network. Click for larger image.

During the Civil War, Confederate forts guarded the strategic Cumberland River along several sites in Kentucky and Tennessee. The main unit is 552 acres and is bordered by the impounded Cumberland River to the north, or what currently is known as Lake Barkley. The Park units are topographically diverse, ranging from dry ridges to bottomlands, and a mosaic of forest types occur depending upon topography.

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, 14 distinct associations were documented and mapped, including an interesting upland cherrybark oak forest.

The Network monitoring program at this park includes four vital signs that involve repeated visits to established sites, following procedures established by each monitoring protocol. These four vital signs are: forest vegetation communities, invasive species early detection, ozone/foliar injury, and water quality. Water quality monitoring began in 2004 and continues on a quarterly schedule every-other-year (even years) at five 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 August. Ozone levels and foliar injury are assessed on-site every six years, beginning in 2009. 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. A few paragraphs about the natural resources that you sample at this park

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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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