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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.
This report describes invasive exotic plant (IEP) monitoring work completed during the 2016 field season at Fossil Butte National Monument. From June 30 to July 4, 2016, twelve priority IEP species in 809 patches were detected on monitoring routes that covered all major roads, trails, and riparian areas in the park. The number of weedless areas has declined since monitoring began in 2008.
Video: Taking the Pulse of a Wild River in Dinosaur National Monument
Science in Action Brief: A Closer Look at When Grasses Need a Drink: Soils, Precipitation, and Desert Grasses
This brief summarizes a recent study that examined how climate affects cool and warm season grasses in five NCPN parks. The original journal article can be found here.