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Natural Resource Condition Assessment

Bison at Wind Cave National Park
Bison at Wind Cave National Park

The Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA) program was recently developed by the National Park Service to provide parks with current information on the status of natural resources. NRCA projects evaluate and report on current conditions, data gaps, and threats and stressors to the natural resources in parks. The projects are tailored to individual parks to provide information that will support management and planning of park lands.

Although the NRCAs are tailored to parks, their defining characteristics are:

  • assess indicator-level conditions and summarize overall condition findings by park areas
  • emphasize geospatial (map) products in addition to narrative condition summaries
  • apply a set of reference conditions (reference values) as the comparative basis for reaching current condition judgement
  • use assessment framework to help guide the project work and report study findings
  • document the data and methods used, and communicate critical data gaps along with uncertainties or level of confidence associated with the study findings

The table below shows the progress of the natural resource condition assessments and provides links to the final reports once they are published.

Park Started Completed Links Work Performed By
Agate Fossil Beds NM        
Badlands NP        
Devils Tower NM June 2010 Dec. 2011 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU
Fort Laramie NHS        
Fort Union Trading Post NHS Oct. 2010 Feb. 2014 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU
Jewel Cave NM June 2010 Dec. 2011 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU
Knife River Indian Villages NHS Oct. 2010 Feb. 2014 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU
Missouri NRR June 2010 Dec. 2011 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU
Mount Rushmore NMEM FY 2007 FY 2009 Report Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
Niobrara NSR FY 2007 FY 2010 Report Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
Scotts Bluff NM        
Theodore Roosevelt NP Aug. 2010 Feb. 2014 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU
Wind Cave NP June 2010 Dec. 2011 Report GeoSpatial Services, SMU

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