National Park Service

Southern Plains Network (SOPN)

Landscape Dynamics & Human Demographics Monitoring

Aerial photo of Capulin Volcano NM
Aerial photo of Capulin Volcano NM

SOPN Landscape Dynamics & Human Demographics (under development)

Data Source: NPScape

For more information contact: Robert Bennetts


Landscape ecology focuses on patterns and processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales of the landscape mosaic. Landscape ecology is particularly important to grassland systems as they have evolved into a shifting mosaic as succession is continually reset by disturbances from fires, drought and grazing. Landscape ecology of SOPN parks is particularly important due to their small size. The ecological communities within SOPN parks are as influenced by the ecological processes and land use activities occurring outside of park boundaries as they are by management decisions within the park.

Network Park Units Where Landscape Dynamics and Human Demographics Will Be Monitored

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Fort Union National Monument
  • Lake Meredith NRA & Alibates Flint Quarries NM
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park
  • Pecos National Historic Park
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
  • Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Long-term Monitoring

SOPN will use NPScape as the source of data for monitoring this vital sign. At its core, NPScape delivers a suite of products that focus on a set of information-rich, landscape-scale indicators for the parks. The initial analyses summarized and delivered measures in 6 major categories (population, housing, roads, land cover, pattern, and conservation status) that broadly address the environmental drivers, natural attributes, and conservation context of NPS units. In aggregate, these measures contribute to assessments of current natural resource status, potential threats, and conservation vulnerability and opportunity.

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