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Northern Colorado Plateau Network
The NCPN consists of 16 parks with diverse cultural and natural resources distributed across four states and three physiographic regions. Ecosystems include desert grasslands, shrublands and woodlands, forested terrestrial systems, and aquatic systems, including large rivers, perennial streams, seeps, springs, and cave systems.
This site provides access to study results, data, and related analysis about the natural resources investigated by the NCPN network, its parks, research and land management partners. Park managers use this information to make decisions about park resources.
Report: Invasive Exotic Plant Monitoring in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area, 2003-2015
This report documents and maps invasive plant patches detected at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area during 2014-2015. It also summarizes all work completed at the parks from 2010 to 2015 and presents data collected by Utah State University in 2003 and 2004.
Video: Taking the Pulse of a Wild River in Dinosaur National Monument
This brief describes a quantitative model that is able to forecast short-term vegetation condition on the Colorado Plateau. The vegetation response model combines data from annual, plot-level monitoring; high-frequency, broad-scale imagery from NASA satellites; and weather stations in and near parks.