The Geologic Resource Evaluation (GRE) Program provides each of 270 identified natural area National Park Service units with a geologic scoping meeting, a digital geologic map, and a geologic resource evaluation report. Geologic scoping meetings generate an evaluation of the adequacy of existing geologic maps for resource management, provide an opportunity for discussion of park-specific geologic management issues and, if possible, include a site visit with local experts. The purpose of these meetings is to identify geologic mapping coverage and needs, distinctive geologic processes and features, resource management issues, and potential monitoring and research needs. Outcomes of this scoping process are a scoping summary (this report), a digital geologic map, and a geologic resource evaluation report.
The National Park Service held a GRE scoping meeting for the Arctic Network on May 8-10, 2007 at the National Park Service building in Fairbanks, Alaska. Tim Connors (NPS-GRD) facilitated the discussion of map coverage and Bruce Heise (NPS-GRD) led the discussion regarding geologic processes and features at the network parks. Participants at the meeting included NPS staff from the network and Geologic Resources Division, geologists from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys and U.S. Geological Survey as well as cooperators from Colorado State University and other academics (see table 1). This scoping summary highlights the GRE scoping meeting for the Arctic Network parks (Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Noatak National Preserve) including the geologic setting, the plan for providing a digital geologic map, a list of geologic resource management issues, a description of significant geologic features and processes, lists of recommendations and action items, and a record of meeting participants.
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