National Park Service

Great Lakes Network (GLKN)

Inventory

 Assessing the impacts of European earthworm invasions in the western Great Lakes region.
Assessing the impacts of European earthworm invasions in the western Great Lakes region.

Effective long-term management and stewardship of natural resources in the Great Lakes Network begins with baseline knowledge of these resources. To acquire this knowledge, an inventory program was established by the National Park Service with the goals of acquiring baseline information for a variety of resources, from bibliographic information to species occurrence and distribution.

High visitation rates can leave National Parks especially prone to plant invasion.

The twelve (12) basic inventories are defined in appendix A of the Natural Resources Inventory and Monitoring Guidelines (NPS-75). The inventories consist of a group of resource related baseline information that has been found to be of greatest value in the initiation of a Vital Signs Monitoring Program.

12 Basic NPS-wide Inventories & Completion Status for GLKN Parks

NPS-wide Inventory Completion Status
Natural Resource Bibliography Completed
Species Lists Completed
Species Status and Abundance Completed
Vegetation Inventory 1 park in progress
Base Cartography Completed
Geologic Resources 1 park in progress
Soils Resources 1 park in progress;
1 park not scheduled
Water Body Location and Classification Completed
Baseline Water Quality Completed
Air Quality Completed
Air Quality Related Values Completed
Climate Completed

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