Inventory and Monitoring

national park service researcher in kenai fjords national park
NPS researcher conducts vegetation monitoring activities in Kenai Fjords National Park

The Inventory and Monitoring Program is organized into networks based on biogeographic regions. For each park within Alaska, the I&M Program conducts twelve natural resource inventories. These inventories provide baseline information from which additional monitoring activities are conducted. Long-term monitoring efforts are focused on carefully selected resources, called "vital signs" by the I&M program to adequately reflect their importance to the overall ecosystem health, that increase overall understanding of natural resources and systems in parks and inform park managers of the status and trends of those resources.

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2013 Monitoring Updates

2012 Monitoring Updates

Inventory and Monitoring Summaries: Alaska-wide

Monitoring Summaries: Arctic Network

Monitoring Summaries: Central Alaska Network

Monitoring Summaries: Southeast Alaska Network

Monitoring Summaries: Southwest Alaska Network

Monitoring Summaries: Climate Change Response


    Inventory and Monitoring Networks

    • Arctic Network

      Bering Land Bridge, Gates of the Arctic, Cape Krusenstern, Kobuk Valley, and Noatak.

    • Central Alaska Network

      Denali National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.  

    • Southeast Alaska Network

      The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and the historical jewels of Kolndike Gold Rush and Sitka National Historical Parks.

    • Southwest Alaska Network

      Alagnak Wild River, Aniakchak National Monument, Katmai National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Lake Clark National Park.

Last Updated: January 16, 2014