National Park Service

Mojave Desert I&M Network (MOJN)

Inventory & Monitoring at Great Basin National Park

View of the night sky at Great Basin National Park
View of the night sky at Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park (GRBA) was established in 1986. One of Great Basin's most well-known resources is Lehman Caves. Upon establishment of the park, the lands previously designated as Lehman Caves National Monument were incorporated into GRBA. As the Mojave Desert Network's northern-most park, the park lies entirely within the Great Basin desert region, which is considered a high elevation desert environment. Due in part to its distance from urban centers, GRBA contains many relatively pristine water resources, and has some of the best visibility in the nation. It contains unique natural resources such as glacial formations, six subalpine lakes, and the longest cave in Nevada (Lehman Caves).

MOJN provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to assist GRBA 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). In the summer of 2017, 35 long-term monitoring plots will be established within the sagebrush community of the park in order to collect plant and soils data at 3-year intervals. The Integrated Uplands Protocol describes the data collection procedures that will be carried out by MOJN at these plots. The Streams & Lakes Protocol describes the procedures for monitoring some of GRBA's most important water resources - six subalpine lakes and nine streams. At the lakes, data on water quality, chemistry, and lake level are collected every year. At the streams, water quality data is collected continuously throughout the summer, and the streams are visited once per year for additional sampling. Water monitoring is carried out jointly by MOJN and GRBA staff. Click here for the 2009-2014 data reports . GRBA's Vegetation Inventory & Map and Soils Inventory & Map are complete. The Geologic Resources Map is also complete, with the Report scheduled for publication in 2016.


List Species Found at Great Basin National Park

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What's the difference?

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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