The NPS is implementing Inventory & Monitoring programs nationwide though a series of 32 networks. The National Capital Region Network (NCRN) is based at the Center for Urban Ecology and coordinates biological inventories and long-term monitoring of natural resources found within the eleven parks of the National Capital Region (NCR). Inventories include vegetation, geology, and soils maps, air, and water quality data and assessments, and the presence and distribution of species, particularly vertebrates and vascular plants. Long-term ecological monitoring programs designed to identify trends in ecosystem conditions are also being developed and implemented to provide park managers with the necessary information to evaluate their management strategies and confront and mitigate threats to the park's resources. The completion of these basic inventories and the development of protocols for long-term monitoring are being accomplished through partnerships with other government agencies as well as through the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit and other university collaborations. At CUE, other management programs, such as vegetation, wildlife, geology, air, and water resources, work with the I&M Program on interdisciplinary studies.


J. Patrick Campbell
I&M Network Coordinator
National Park Service
Center for Urban Ecology
4598 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007

(202) 339-8329