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North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN)

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North Cascades National Park

Mountain lake monitoring at North Cascades National Park
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North Cascades National Park Complex (NOCA) is located in northwestern Washington and is composed of three park units: North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, and Ross Lake National Recreation Area. NOCA lies within two very different biogeographic zones, the temperate marine on the west side of the Cascade crest and the semi-arid continental east of the crest. Elevation gradients are extreme and range from 119 m in the low elevation forested valleys to 2,806 m at high elevation glaciated mountain peaks. Total land area of this extensive mountainous terrain encompasses 276,815 ha, of which approximately 93% is designated wilderness.

The Cascade crest creates a rain shadow effect to the east and a climate that is much more influenced by continental air masses. As a result, east-slope conditions consist of cold winters and warm dry summers, with average annual precipitation measuring from 76 cm in the lower Stehekin Valley to 897 cm along the Cascade crest.

Monitoring Conducted at North Cascades National Park Complex

 

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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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