What We Inventory

Carolina mountain dusky salamander (Desmognathus carolinensis) on a finger tip
Carolina mountain dusky salamander (Desmognathus carolinensis)

Photo by Evan Raskin

Effective long-term management and stewardship of natural resources in the Appalachian Highlands Network begins with baseline knowledge of these resources. To acquire this knowledge, an inventory program was established by the National Park Service with the goals of acquiring baseline information for a variety of resources, from bibliographic information to species occurrence and distribution.

The twelve (12) basic inventories are defined in Appendix A of the Natural Resources Inventory and Monitoring Guidelines. The inventories consist of a group of resource related baseline information that has been found to be of greatest value in the initiation of a Vital Signs Monitoring Program.

Baseline inventories are administered by the National Inventory and Monitoring Division for twelve core areas which are listed below. For more information, see the Natural Resources Inventories page. See Inventories and Assessments for more information about the Appalachians Highlands Network.


12 Basic Inventories

Inventory Completion Status
Natural Resource Bibliography Completed
Species List Completed
Species Status and Abundance Completed
Vegetation Inventory In Progress
Base Cartography Completed
Geologic Resources Completed
Soils Resources Completed
Water Body Location and Classification Completed
Baseline Water Quality Completed
Air Quality Completed
Air Quality Related Values Completed
Climate Completed

For a list of species in each park within the Appalachian Highlands Network, go to the Species List page.

Last updated: July 30, 2018