The Appalachian Highlands Network is one of 32 National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. The network includes four parks located in the Appalachian Mountains across Tennessee and North Carolina, including Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Obed Wild and Scenic River. These parks and their partners are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region's unique resources through science and education. This web site delivers information about these resources, the network's inventory and monitoring program, and the scientific activities underway. Learn more about specific topics using the links on this page.  

Checking out freshwater mussels in Big South Fork NRRA.

Effective long-term management and stewardship of natural resources in the begins with baseline knowledge of these resources.

Red cheeked salamander

Vital signs monitoring tracks a subset of physical, chemical, and biological elements and processes of park ecosystem.

blue-headed vireo (Vireo solitarius)
Who We Are

We work closely with each park's natural resources program to develop and implement long-term monitoring and provide scientific information.

Last updated: July 30, 2018