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Mojave Desert I&M Network (MOJN)

Inventory & Monitoring at Death Valley National Park

Badwater Salt Flats at Death Valley National Park
Badwater Salt Flats at Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park (DEVA) was established in 1994. It is not only the largest park unit within the Mojave Desert Network, but the largest national park unit in the contiguous United States as well. It is home to the nation's highest recorded temperature and the lowest point in North America, Badwater, which is 282 feet below sea level. Because of its dramatic topographic relief, the park supports a large diversity of plants and animals, and has one of the nation's most significant fossil records. From Scotty's Castle and a historic mining past, to fragile species found nowhere else in the world, sand dunes, and unique geologic formations; Death Valley has a number of cultural and natural resources that warrant protecting.

MOJN provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to assist DEVA in effective, science-based decision making for resource protection and management purposes. Inventories have been completed for mammals, fish, birds, vascular plants, and reptiles & amphibians (for full species lists select from the dropdown box below). The Integrated Uplands Protocol describes the vegetation and soils data collection procedures that will be carried out by MOJN at DEVA. Upon completion of DEVA's Vegetation Map & Report, MOJN will establish 35 monitoring plots in order to collect plant and soils data at 3-year intervals within the Blackbrush Shrubland community of the park. The Selected Large Springs and Desert Springs protocols describe MOJN's water monitoring efforts at DEVA, which include measuring water quality and availability at five larger persistent springs every year, and over 200 smaller water sources such as seeps and springs on a rotating basis. DEVA's Geologic Resources Map is now complete, with the Report scheduled for publication in 2016.


List Species Found at Death Valley National 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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