Natural Resource Monitoring at Gauley River National Recreation Area

One person collecting a soil sample while another records data
Vegetation and soils monitoring at Gauley River National Recreation Area.

NPS / Doug Manning

The Gauley River National Recreation Area is one of nine parks in the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network which is part of a nation-wide effort of the National Park Service to generate scientifically sound information on the changing conditions of park ecosystems. Each year, our scientists hike extensively throughout the parks stopping to collect information for the long-term monitoring programs listed below. Back at the office they analyze data and share the information with park managers to help them better understand how to best preserve park ecosystems for future generations.

To learn more about these programs and key findings, choose from the options below.

Long-term Monitoring Programs

Documents

Air Quality

Source: Data Store Collection 4304 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Animals

Source: Data Store Collection 4298 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Geology and Soils

Source: Data Store Collection 4299 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Landscapes

Source: Data Store Collection 4303 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Plants

Source: Data Store Collection 4301 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water Quality

Source: Data Store Collection 4300 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Weather and Climate

Source: Data Store Collection 4302 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Park Species Lists

Species lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.

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Visit NPSpecies for more comprehensive information and advanced search capability. Have a suggestion or comment on this list? Let us know.

Non NPS Citizen Science Opportunities in the Park

Bird observations from eBird

Gauley River National Recreation Area has one or more “birding hotspots” set up in eBird. Help the park record bird data by adding your bird observations to the appropriate hotspot when you visit the park.

Species observations from iNaturalist

Last updated: June 27, 2018