New River Gorge National Park and Preserve 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
These aquatic animals are widely regarded as the best group of animals for monitoring the ecological 'health' of streams and rivers.
Rare Riparian Prairies
Along large rivers, special habitats called "riparian prairies" support many rare plant species.
River Water Quality
Water quality characteristics are critical to understanding, protecting, and improving the fundamental condition of aquatic ecosystems.
Our scientists document information on a community of birds that are essential components of park ecosystems.
Vegetation and Soils
Forests are important ecosystems in parks, providing beautiful landscapes for recreation, and habitat for countless plants and animals.
Parks monitor and manage invasive plants to protect important biodiversity and historic places.
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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Reports & Publications
Find in-depth information on natural resources in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve at the links below.
Citizen Science Opportunities
Bird observations from eBird
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve 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: November 17, 2021