Located in Adams County, south central Pennsylvania, the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the largest Civil War battle ever waged in the Western Hemisphere. The Gettysburg National Military Park is one of ten parks in the Mid-Atlantic 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. In addition to the natural resource management activities performed by park staff, our scientists monitor the status and long-term trends of natural resources at the park. Each year, with the help of park staff and volunteers, we collect information for the monitoring programs listed below. Back at the office we analyze the 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.
This diverse group of creatures occupies stream beds and is a vital component of all healthy stream ecosystems.
Many network parks have birds that are declining throughout their range, highlighting the need for understanding their status and trends.
All Mid-Atlantic Network parks have forests that form an essential part of the landscape and provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife.
Water Quality and Quantity
Monitoring water quality & quantity helps the National Park Service fulfill its duty to protect pristine (or improve impaired) park waters.
Weather & Climate
Climate is a dominant factor driving the physical and ecologic processes affecting Mid-Atlantic Network parks.
Park managers benefit from knowing the type and extent of various air pollutants in order to evaluate their impacts on park resources.
Park Monitoring Documents
Last updated: January 21, 2022