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    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Research Needs & Opportunities

Controlled burn

A prescribed burn coordinated with park scientists and park fire officials to examine the effects of fire on Phragmites australis, an invasive plant, in a restored salt marsh.

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Opportunities for Research

The Atlantic Research & Learning Center (ARLC) has ambitious research goals. The ARLC looks to expand upon our research partnerships with individuals, colleges and universities, public agencies and non-governmental organizations. It is a priority of the ARLC to foster research that will contribute to Park Service management objectives.

CACO has a proud history of fostering both independent and collaborative research within its borders. The ARLC plays a pivotal role in providing researchers the resources and facilities they need to carry out their work. Individuals interested in learning more about past and present research taking place at CACO should visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website and review the archive of Investigator's Annual Reports. These reports are mandatory year-end summaries written by Principal Investigators intended to record and communicate objectives and progress of all permitted research projects. In addition, interested parties should review the CACO Research Catalog document which provides an in depth description of the most pressing needs for CACO within the natural and cultural resource sciences. Please take the time to explore our various online resources in order to obtain a greater understanding of the dynamic of research taking place at CACO. Like the seashore itself, research at the park is diverse and ever changing; please contact us for the most up-to-date information in your area of interest.

 
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ARC Research Catalog

Research Catalog

The Research Catalog is a document which provides an in-depth description of the most pressing needs for CACO within the natural and cultural resource sciences. It is meant to be used as a guide for those considering research at CACO. The catalog, published in 2003, is by no means exhaustive. The nature of research is fast-paced and ever changing; please contact us for the most up-to-date information in your particular field of expertise. Click this link to view or download a pdf file.


Did You Know?

Dune shack in the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District

Today, a dedicated group of families, individuals and non-profits carry on a unique heritage of art, reflection, and nature study at the dune shacks in Provincetown and Truro. A recent ethnographic study entitled, “Dwelling in the Dunes”, documents the people who live there today.