Inventory and Monitoring
To make sound management decisions, park managers need to know how and why natural systems change over time, and what amount of change is normal. National Park Service scientists monitor the "vital signs" of national park ecosystems—much like a physician measures a patient's heartbeat and blood pressure to determine well-being and help diagnose problems.
At Zion National Park, the network monitors air quality, climate, invasive exotic plants, land surface phenology, landbirds, landscape dynamics, uplands, wadeable streams, and water quality. Species lists for Zion National Park can be generated at the network's website.
Did You Know?
With its wide variety of habitats, Zion has one of the most diverse groupings of plants in Utah, with over 900 species. More...