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North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN)

North Coast and Cascades Network

Western dog violet at Mount Rainier NP Sand dune prairie habitat at San Juan Island NHP High-elevation weather station at Mount Rainier NP Forest vegetation at North Cascades NP Fish survey at Ross Lake in North Cascades NP Water quality sampling at North Cascades NP Silver Glacier and Silver Lake at North Cascades NP Subalpine vegetation at North Cascades NP Marine scientist assessing a monitoring site at Olympic NP Prairie herbaceous vegetation at San Juan Island NHP Fish sampling crew at Ebey's Landing NHR Small mammal sampling in planted barley at Fort Vancouver NHS Dismal Nitch at Lewis & Clark NHP

Located in the Pacific Northwest, the North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN) is composed of seven park units located in northwestern Oregon and the western half of Washington (state).

NCCN parks are in the mountains and lowlands of the Pacific Northwest, from the Pacific Ocean to the east slope of the Cascades Range. Tall mountains and a maritime climate produce a tremendous environmental gradient, varying in elevation from sea level to glaciers, and in annual precipitation from almost 200 inches to less than 20 inches per year. These environmental patterns shape the variety and distribution of plant and animal communities and ecosystems encompassed within the parks.

This website delivers information about these resources, the Network's Inventory & Monitoring Program, and the scientific activities underway. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park units pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places. From these pages you can access study results, data, and related analysis about the natural resources investigated by the NCCN, its parks, and research and land management partners. Park managers use this information make to decisions about park resources.


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Recent stability of resident and migratory landbird populations in National Parks of the Pacific Northwest

Recent stability of resident and migratory landbird populations in National Parks of the Pacific Northwest

Monitoring species in National Parks facilitates inference regarding effects of climate change on population dynamics because parks are relatively unaffected by other forms of anthropogenic disturbance. Even at early points in a monitoring program, identifying climate covariates of population density can suggest vulnerabilities to future change. Monitoring landbird populations in parks during the breeding season brings the added benefit of allowing a comparative approach to inference across a large suite of species with diverse requirements....
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View of Mount Rainier from the Paradise Visitor Center Looking west from Jackson Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park Jackson Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park Looking south towards the Tatoosh Range from Paradise at Mount Ranier National Park Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park View of the Nisqually Valley from Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park Lake Crescent at Olympic National Park View from the Visitor Center at North Cascades National Park

Video: Taking the Pulse (produced by the NCCN Science Learning Network)

Characterization of North Coast and Cascades Network water quality study sites

Characterization of North Coast and Cascades Network water quality study sites

To monitor water quality, we assess environmental conditions of the most at-risk wadeable streams and rivers in five national parks. The parks, located in the NCCN, include Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, and Olympic National Park. The purpose of the monitoring is to identify trends and abrupt change in water quality characteristics....
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