Shenandoah National 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. Park staff conduct natural resource management activities, but also monitor the status and long-term trends of natural resources in order to better inform management decisions. Each year, park staff and volunteers collect information for several natural resource monitoring programs.
To learn more about these programs and key findings, choose from the options below.
Park managers benefit from knowing the type and extent of various air pollutants in order to evaluate their impacts on park resources.
Staff at this park have sampled benthic macroinvertebrates for 25 years, initially in response to gypsy moth defoliation.
The relatively pristine and high elevation streams found in Shenandoah currently support increasingly rare coldwater fish communities.
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 & 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 Monitoring Documents
Last updated: January 21, 2022