Land cover and land use monitoring provides landscape-scale information to all six parks in the Klamath Network. This protocol addresses changes in landscape composition, fragmentation, and disturbance surrounding parks. Understanding the spatial arrangement of park resources is important to identifying and evaluating opportunities for damage prevention and restoration, and determining potential threats to park resources.
Changes in landscapes can occur in response to both natural and man-made processes. Some parks are experiencing rapid suburban and rural development nearby. Most parks adjoin lands managed for timber production. These changes outside parks may affect resources within the parks, which is why the protocol monitors at both a park and regional scale.
Monitoring land cover and land use complements other Klamath Inventory and Monitoring Network projects by providing a broad view of park-wide and region-wide ecosystems.