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Fort Laramie National Historic Site sits at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers in southeastern Wyoming. The park is best known for its cultural resources, with the centerpiece being the surviving buildings from the major military post that existed from 1849-1890.

Despite its small size (833 acres), Fort Laramie has a relatively large diversity of natural resources due to the two rivers that meet in the park, the topography that ranges from riverbed to upland areas, and the location of the park near the western edge of the Great Plains and eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains.

Major natural resource concerns include the encroachment of exotic plants, altered riverine ecosystems due to the dams along the rivers, fire supression, and the effect of nearby power plants on air quality.


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Real-Time Data - USGS Water Quality Monitoring Station

The Northern Great Plains Network partnered with the USGS Wyoming/Montana Water Science Center to install and operate a continuous monitoring station on the Laramie River at Fort laramie National Historic Site. The station provides continuous data on gage height, temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen during the 2018 ice-free season.
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Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Fort Laramie National Historic Site: 2017 Data Report

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The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network surveyed 6 long-term monitoring plots at FOLA in 2017 as part of an effort to better understand the condition of plant communities in the park.
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Resource Brief – Bat Acoustic Monitoring at Fort Laramie National Historic Site 2015-2016

FOLA Bat Monitoring Resource Brief

The network used acoustic montoring to detect bat activity and species at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in 2015-2016. Call analysis found eight bat species, including three new detections for the park.
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Resource Brief – Landbird monitoring results at Fort Laramie NHS: 2016

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This is the fourth year of landbird surveys conducted at Fort Laramie NHS. Bird monitoring is conducted in collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The goal of this monitoring is to assess bird populations and community changes over time.
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