National Park Service

Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)

Upper Columbia Basin Network Parks

Training field crews to find evidence of American pika
Training field crews to find evidence of American pika

UCBN parks share many similar natural resource threats and issues. The most fundamental is the profound alteration and disturbance of their landscapes. Land use change, habitat alteration, and fragmentation are some of the most important sources of resource stress. Network parks are constantly beset by invasions of exotic plants, suffer from water and air quality problems on adjacent lands and experience visual and noise impacts adjacent to the units. These factors disrupt the cultural setting many of the parks seek to portray.

Many plants and animals that occur in UCBN parks are unique to the semi-arid habitats of the upper Columbia basin. This list includes greater sage grouse, spotted bat, Columbia spotted frog, and hedgehog cactus. In addition, parks in the UCBN contain the only pinyon pine woodland in Idaho, substantial expanses of native sagebrush-steppe habitat and one of the last strongholds of the arctic grayling south of Canada. You can find more information about these species in our Inventory Reports.

Network Parks


Upper Columbia Basin Network Park Map


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