National Park Service

Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN)


Bird counting at Fire Island National Seashore
Bird counting at Fire Island National Seashore

Effective long-term management and stewardship of natural resources in the Northeast Coastal and Barrier 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 12 core resources, from bibliographic information to species occurrence and distribution.

Click on the links below to learn more about each inventory or to access inventory products (also available through IRMA). To check the status of individual NCBN inventories, go to the online Inventory Tracking search tool (NPS Only). Some products, particularly species occurrence and distribution reports, are also available at the NCBN Reports and Publications page.

  1. Natural Resource Bibliography - was developed by the National Park Service (NPS) in order to catalog and manage natural resource-related information, concentrating primarily on reports, articles, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, gray literature, and other documents.
  2. Base Cartography Data - acquires, processes, and distributes GIS data that complement other inventory projects, as well as many GIS mapping and analysis projects throughout the Park Service.
  3. Air Quality Data - focuses on indicator pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act, such as ozone, sulfur dioxide, or particulate matter, visibility, mercury and acid deposition, etc. Air quality condition and trend data for individual park units can be found at
  4. Air Quality Related Values - provides information on the types and amounts of air pollutants that cause harmful changes to resources on NPS lands, including: vegetation, soils, water, fish and wildlife, and visibility.
  5. Climate Inventory - provides access to climate data on NPS lands. Access to climate data, especially in light of climate change, is fundamental to our understanding of the status of ecosystems and species and their response to climate variability.
  6. Geologic Resources Inventory - provides more than 270 parks with a geologic scoping meeting, digital geologic map data, and a park-specific geologic report. This effort aims to raise awareness of geology and the role it plays in the environment, and to provide natural resource managers and staff, park planners, interpreters, researchers, and other NPS personnel with information that can help them make informed management decisions.
  7. Soil Resources Inventory - a scientific inventory of soil resources on NPS managed lands. The information is in sufficient detail for application by park managers, planners, engineers, and scientists to specific areas of concern. .
  8. Water Body Location and Classification - the I&M Program and the NPS Water Resources Division (WRD) partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), states, and other federal agencies to create a high-resolution (1:24,000, 1:63,360 in Alaska ) National Hydrography Dataset for 8-digit hydrologic units/subbasins containing national park units.
  9. Baseline Water Quality - baseline physical, chemical, and biological water quality data that was collected, documented, and summarized from existing, readily-available, and digital water quality data collected in the vicinity of parks.
  10. Vegetation Inventory - works to classify, describe, and map detailed vegetation communities in more than 270 national park units across the United States.
  11. Species Lists - existing lists of species and associated evidence records (vouchers, scientific documents, and observation records that support the species occurrences) for vertebrates and vascular plants in more than 270 individual parks with significant natural resources.
  12. Species Occurrence and Distribution - service-wide compilation of reports and associated data sets (e.g., species lists with related attribute and spatial data). Reports document vertebrate or vascular plant species, and describe survey methods, species locations, associated habitat, observation details, and other attributes.

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