When and how should we intervene to help endangered coho salmon survive? How are our oak woodlands faring in the face of disease? What lives in the park now, and how do we try to make sure it will be resilient to future changes and challenges? Research and monitoring help us understand what’s happening with our most sensitive plants and animals, as well as those that tell us something about the park’s overall health. Tracking individual species like coho salmon, harbor seals, or rare plants—combined with larger, landscape-scale science partnerships—gives us information we can use to manage natural resources on both local and regional scales. It also allows us to make decisions that help balance recreational needs with those of the plants and animals we care for, and to plan for future changes.
The Inventory & Monitoring Program tracks long term trends in the park's natural resources by focusing on a suite of ecological indicators.
Pacific Coast Science & Learning Center
Research Learning Centers are field stations for many collaborative research activities and hands-on learning experiences.
Explore the 32 Inventory and Monitoring networks at different National Parks across the country.
Last updated: January 24, 2020