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Scotts Bluff National Monument protects the geologic feature that towers 800 feet above the North Platte River and guided immigrants and frontiersmen along the Oregon Trail in their journey to the west. It is the most urban of all the parks in the Network with the town of Gering (pop. 7,751) on its east boundary and the town of Scottsbluff (pop. 14,732) to the northeast.

The natural vegetation of the 3,003-acre park is mixed- and short-grass prairie on the plains, pine/juniper woodlands scattered across the bluffs, sparse to no vegetation in the badlands topography, and riparian woodland along the North Platte River. Significant park natural resources include a prairie dog colony, the North Platte River which borders the north, and multiple state-listed plants of concern.

Vegetation management is a top priority for the park with the management and early detection of exotic plants such as cheatgrass, smooth brome, phragmites, and purple loosestrife at the forefront. Water quality of the North Platte River is also of concern to the park due to upstream dams and irrigation withdrawals, and pesticides, sediment, and nutrient loads from surrounding lands. More information about Scotts Bluff's natural resources may be found on their Nature and Science webpage.

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Report – Plant Community Composition and Structure Monitoring for Scotts Bluff National Monument: 2017 Data Report

SCBL Plant Community Composition and Structure Monitoring 2017 Report Cover

The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Program and Fire Effects Program have been monitoring vegetation at Scotts Bluff National Monument since 1998. This report summarizes data from the 2017 field season.
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Resource Brief – Bat monitoring results at Scotts Bluff National Monument: 2015-2016

Bat monitoring results at Scotts Bluff National Monument: 2015-2016

Midwest regional biologists and NGPN have conducted acoustic bat monitoring at Scotts Bluff National Monument in 2015 and 2016. The goal of this monitoring is to detect long-term trends in bat populations at the park. Learn more...

Resource Brief– Landbird monitoring results at Scotts Bluff National Monument: 2016

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This is the fourth year of landbird surveys conducted at Scotts Bluff National Monument. LandBird 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.
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Report – Plant Community Composition and Structure Monitoring for Scotts Bluff National Monument: 2011-2015 Summary Report

SCBL Plant Community Composition and Structure Monitoring 2015 Report Cover

The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Program and Fire Effects Program have been monitoring vegetation at Scotts Bluff National Monument for over 18 years. This report summarizes data from over 80 locations from 1998-2015 and explores the status and trends in upland and riparian plant communities and the occurrence of rare plants.
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