National Park Service

Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)

Upper Columbia Basin Network

Lemhi penstemon flowers at Big Hole National Battlefield Camas lilies in bloom at Big Hole National Battlefield Student intern samples aquatic macroinvertebrates Aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling at Big Hole NB America pika  (Ochotona princeps) Water chemistry sampling at John Day Fossil Beds NM Training field crews to find evidence of American pika Osprey in flight over Lake Roosevelt NRA Looking out Indian Tunnel cave entrance at Craters of the Moon NM Limber pine tree at Craters of the Moon NMP Sagebrush steppe monitoring plot at City of Rocks NR Lava cinder at Craters of the Moon NMP NPS field crew sampling in the Big Hole River Sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) courting display Aspen grove at Craters of the Moon NMP City of Rocks National Reserve

The Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN) is one of 32 National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Networks across the country established to collect, analyze, and synthesize data and information about natural resource conditions in park units.

There are nine National Park Service units in UCBN, located in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. UCBN parks occupy portions of the Columbia Plateau and Snake River Plain geographic regions where sagebrush-steppe is the predominant ecosystem type.

This website delivers information about the UCBN, and scientific activities the Network is conducting in collaboration with each park's natural resource program. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park unit pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places.

Featured Information

Publication: Special Feature
Science for Our National Parks' Second Century

Science for Our National Parks' Second Century

This Special Feature of Ecosphere celebrates 100 years of National Park Service science by highlighting contributions from the agency's Inventory and Monitoring Division. This broad body of work coalesces into several themes, including the role of protected areas in understanding rapid global change and the growing interest in place-based ecological insights that contextualize scientific information from protected areas across broader scales. It illustrate progress on the long-sought integration of science into the resource management strategies implemented within "America's Best Idea" – now more important than ever given the many challenges our nation's parks face.

View the hightlights here: Ecological monitoring and evidence-based decision-making in America's National Parks: highlights of the Special Feature

Publication: UCBN Bat Hibernacula Monitoring Protocol
Bat Conservation in the NPS

The UCBN Bat Monitoring protocol, standard operating procedures and associated databases have been reviewed and are available for download. While the protocol was developed for Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, the applicabilitiy extends well beyond the borders of the park.

To learn more about the protocol click here.

To view the entire collection (Protocol, SOP and databases) click here.


Video: Why we monitor - NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program


Live Webcams
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Big Hole NB Visitor Center Webcam Sheep Rock Webcam at John Day Fossil Beds NM Spalding Site Webcam at Nez Perce NHP

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