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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 KLMN Monitoring Plan 2007 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.

Vital Signs Sampling Protocol Status
Cave Entrance Communities &
Cave Environments
Completed 2017
Early Detection of
Exotic & Invasive Plants
Completed 2011
Intertidal Communities Completed 2008
Lake Water Quality &
Aquatic Community Monitoring
Completed 2013
Landbird Communities Completed 2010
Land Cover & Land Use Completed 2016
Stream Water Quality &
Aquatic Community Monitoring
Completed 2013
Terrestrial Vegetation Completed 2011
Whitebark Pine Completed 2012

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