Starting Wednesday July 23rd Expect Road Closures
July 23rd, Prosper Trail, North Slope & Middle Pass Trails - west side of the park CLOSED for forestry operations. McKenzie Farm Trail & McKenzie Rd will remain open for access between Prosper Parking Lot and the Pogue. CAUTION Heavy Equipment in use!
Nature & Science
Long-term Natural Resource Monitoring
Temperate Times Newsletter
The Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) monitors a variety of natural resource indicators, which it calls “vital signs”, for 12 parks in the northeast and the Appalachian Trail. Forest vegetation is considered a high-priority vital sign and the network developed a long-term monitoring program for forest resources.
Read the Resource Brief.
From the Report:
"Invasive species" are alien species that cause or are likely to cause harm to the economy, environment, and/or human health, and are considered to be one of the leading threats to the biodiversity and integrity of ecosystems worldwide. In broad terms, they are organisms that have been introduced deliberately or unintentionally into an environment where they did not evolve, are capable of establishing self-sustaining populations in "untransformed ecosystems", and have no natural enemies to limit their reproduction and spread. These are among the reasons why early detection of invasive species was identified as a priority vital sign by several Inventory and Monitoring networks including the Northeast Temperate Network (NETN).
Read about the synopsis of the 2012 Water Quality Monitoring Season for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.
Resource Brief - Annual Landbird Survey
Did You Know?
As a teenager, Laurance S. Rockefeller toured Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde with Horace Albright. Later in life, Laurance would donate lands to create Virgin Islands NP and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. He was the first conservationist to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.