A Planning Approach for Developing Inventory and Monitoring Programs in National Parks

Short Description

This document offers some conceptual ideas on how individual parks could plan and implement an Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) program. In several respects, the authors ideas parallel and complement the I&M project planning and development process outlined in the Natural Resources Inventory and Monitoring Guideline (NPS-75). However, no universal techniques exist for I&M efforts related to ecosystem management. Many different ideas and approaches need to be tested. The ideas in this document describe a research approach that the Pacific Northwest Region is field testing for implementing the guidance that is provided in NPS-75. As the servicewide I&M Program progresses over time, additional approaches will also be field tested elsewhere in the National Park Service.

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Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system -- the first of its kind in the world -- have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of this land.

Suggested Citation

Peterson, David L.; Silsbee, David G.; Schmoldt, Daniel L. 1995. A Planning Approach for Developing Inventory and Monitoring Programs In National Parks. Natural Resources Report NPS/NRUW/NRR-95/16.49 pp