Citizen Monitoring Program for Boston Harbor Islands
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
National Park Service
Delivered at 2003 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.
The Boston Harbor Islands citizen monitoring program is designed to monitor biological and social science indicators on the harbor islands using volunteers to collect data and, to a moderate degree, compute results for park managers to interpret and use to plan for sustainable management of the park. The reasons for designing a citizen/volunteer monitoring program are numerous, but the main points are as follows: get the Boston community involved; cost efficient way of monitoring an already healthy ecosystem and providing monitoring data to maintain it; park agency staff is already fully committed and cannot monitor without taking time away from their previous work agendas. The program will be time and cost efficient, and hopefully promote use of the park.