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Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN)

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Northern Colorado Plateau Network

Raven, Canyonlands National Park Snow, Zion National Park Steamboat Rock, Dinosaur National Monument Cactus and soil crust, Arches National Park Pleasant Creek, Capitol Reef National Park Wildflowers, Cedar Breaks National Monument Bryce Canyon National Park Wildflowers, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Runoff, Colorado National Monument Curecanti National Recreation Area Chicken Creek Trail, Fossil Butte National Monument Golden Spike National Historic Site Hovenweep National Monument Pond, Pipe Spring National Monument American Fork Canyon, Timpanogos Cave NM Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

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.


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Report: Invasive Exotic Plant Monitoring at Fossil Butte National Monument: 2016 Field Season

Report: Invasive Exotic Plant Monitoring at Fossil Butte National Monument: 2016 Field Season

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.

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Grizzly Ridge, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Gunnison Point, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Island in the Sky Visitor Center, Canyonlands NP Visitor Center, Colorado National Monument Elk Creek Campground, Curecanti NRA Split Mountain from Quarry Exhibit Hall, Dinosaur NM Temples and Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park

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

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.

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