National Park Service

Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)


Student intern samples aquaitc macroinvertebrates
Student intern samples aquaitc macroinvertebrates

The intent of park vital signs monitoring is to track a subset of physical, chemical, and biological elements and processes of park ecosystems that are selected to represent the overall health or condition of park resources, known or hypothesized effects of stressors, or elements that have important human values.

The elements and processes that are monitored are a subset of the total suite of natural resources that park managers are directed to preserve "unimpaired for future generations," including water, air, geological resources, plants and animals, and the various ecological, biological, and physical processes that act on those resources. In situations where natural areas have been so highly altered that physical and biological processes no longer operate (e.g., control of fires and floods in developed areas), information obtained through monitoring can help managers understand how to develop the most effective approach to restoration or, in cases where restoration is impossible, ecologically sound management.

The UCBN Monitoring Plan provides a detailed description of the strategy for monitoring these vital signs. Use the links at the left hand side menu to learn more about our vital sign monitoring.

Vital Signs Sampling Protocol Status
Aspen Complete
Bats In Development
Camas Lily Complete
Climate Change In Development
Exotic & Invasive Plants In Development
Integrated Water Quality Complete
Land Cover & Use In Development
Lemhi Penstemon In Development
Limber Pine Complete
Osprey Complete
Pika Complete
Riparian Condition Complete
Sagebrush Steppe Vegetation Complete
Sage Grouse In Development
Stream Channel Characteristics Complete

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