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Bison at Theodore Roosevelt National Park Missouri pincushion at Agate Fossil Beds NM Porcupine at Knife River Indian Villages NHS Mixed-grass prairie at Fort Laramie National Historical Site Night sky view at Badlands National Park NPS staff at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Post-burn landscape at Jewel Cave National Monument Eight-spotted forester at Fort Laramie National Historical Site Devils Tower National Monument Missouri National Recreational River Awatixa Village at Knife River Indian Villages National Historical Site Elk at Wind Cave National Park Snow at Mount Rushmore National Memorial Scotts Bluff National Monument Shooting star wildflower at Mount Rushmore NMEM Wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park Niobrara National Scenic River Black-footed ferret at Wind Cave National Park Snow at Fort Union Trading Post National Historical Site

The NGPN I&M Program is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. It is comprised of 13 national park units, each of which contain a rich and varied array of natural and cultural resources.

The parks support unique natural resources, including large areas of northern mixed-grass prairie communities, critical river and riparian habitats, large herds of bison, and two of the four longest caves in the world. These parks and their partners are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region's unique resources through science and education.

This web site 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.

Featured Information

Newsletter – The Great Plains Gazette: Spring 2018

NGPN Newsletter Cover

This issue highlights the monitoring conducted at Network parks in 2017, and provides an update on new staff.

Outreach – Exotic Plants Early Detection Flyers

In partnership with the the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, the Northern Great Plains Network has developed a series of Invasive Plant Early Detection Flyers: Common Exotics, Riparian/Mesic Exotics, and Upland Exotics. The intention of these flyers is to help educate field crews, volunteers, park staff, and visitors on current and potential invasive plant species and provide contact information for potential infestations. Download flyers...

Real-Time Data - USGS Water Quality Monitoring Station

The Northern Great Plains Network partnered with the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center to install and operate a continuous monitoring station on the Niobrara River near Sparks, NE. The station provides continuous data on gage height, temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen during the 2017 ice-free season. Other park units monitored this year are Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Missouri National Recreational River.
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Webcam – View of Painted Canyon at Theodore Roosevelt NP

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Webcam

Click here to see a larger image, current weather, and air quality information about this location. Webcam is maintained by the NPS Air Resources Division. Photos are updated approximately every 15 minutes.

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