Inventory and Monitoring at Lava Beds National Monument

Field technician inside a cave entering data on hand held device with ice in background
Field technician measuring ice in a cave at Lava Beds National Monument

National Park Service

Lava Beds National Monument is a remarkable landscape of volcanic tablelands and desert scrublands punctuated by cinder cones, pit craters, and spatter cones. Established in 1925, the 46,000 acre park was created to protect the unique and complex cave systems and rich cultural history of the area.

Most visitors come to the park to experience the underground geological features of the volcanic caves, and discover the unique wildlife that lives in the dark. However, Lava Beds NM is home to a wealth of natural resources above ground too. The variations of soil types and micro climates at the park have created many different habitats that each support a high diversity of plants and animals.

Some habitats, such as cave mouths, provide conditions very different from the surrounding landscape, and can therefore support species found nowhere else in the park. Even slight changes to the climate can have big implications for these delicate ecosystems, making it a high resource management concern for the park, along with invasive species, and cave ecosystem health. Monitoring datasets from Klamath Inventory and Monitoring Network provides park managers with both current information on the status of resources, as well as long term trends of condition over time.

Publications

Monitoring Reports

Caves

Source: Data Store Saved Search 612 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Early Detection of Invasive Species

Source: Data Store Saved Search 617 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Land Cover & Land Use

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2327 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Landbird Communities

Source: Data Store Saved Search 614 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Terrestrial Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 618 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Inventory Reports

Inventory Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 4311 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Last updated: July 23, 2018