Inventory & Monitoring at Great Basin National Park

Jagged mountain summits below a cloud filled sky.
Wheeler Peak summit in Great Basin National Park

NPS Photo

Great Basin National Park was established in 1986. At that time, the lands previously designated as Lehman Caves National Monument were incorporated into the park. The park lies entirely within the Great Basin Desert, which is considered a high-elevation desert environment. Due in part to its distance from urban centers, the park contains many relatively pristine water resources and has some of the best visibility and dark night skies in the nation. It contains distinctive natural resources such as a rock glacier, six subalpine lakes, and the longest cave in Nevada (Lehman Caves).

The Mojave Desert Network provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to help parks make effective, science-based management decisions. Inventories have been completed for mammals, fish, birds, vascular plants, and reptiles & amphibians (see species lists further down the page). Maps and reports detailing Great Basin's vegetation, soils, and geology resources are also complete.

The Mojave Desert Network carries out regular monitoring at six subalpine lakes and nine streams within the park. At the lakes, data on water quality, chemistry, and lake level are collected every year. At the streams, water quality and discharge data are collected continuously throughout the summer, and the streams are visited once per year for additional water chemistry and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling. Water monitoring is carried out jointly by our Network and Great Basin staff.

Monitoring at Great Basin National Park

Ongoing Monitoring Efforts
Integrated Uplands vegetation and soils monitoring of the Sagebrush community
Streams & Lakes monitoring of water quality, water chemistry, and availability at six subalpine lakes and nine streams
White Pine monitoring protocol for Great Basin bristlecone pines, limber pines, and their associated pests

Coming Soon (additional monitoring currently in development)
Bat population monitoring using acoustic and capture surveys
Selected Large Springs monitoring of three larger persistent springs
Invasive & Exotic Plants monitoring plan for detecting invasive plants throughout the Park
Aspen monitoring aspen stands

Reports & Publications

Inventories & Assessments present baseline data collected during the first phase of the development of the Mojave Desert Inventory & Monitoring Network in order to have comparison with the long-term monitoring data currently being collected. Monitoring protocols describe why and how we collect, manage, analyze, and report monitoring data about the Network's Vital Signs. The protocols consist of a narrative and associated set of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Monitoring Reports summarize data and findings from our Vital Signs monitoring activities.

Monitoring Briefs

Short summaries of fieldwork and findings

Source: Data Store Collection 4376 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Inventories and Assessments

Source: Data Store Collection 4378 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Monitoring Protocols & Plans

Source: Data Store Collection 4380 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Monitoring Reports

Source: Data Store Collection 4379 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Species Lists

The species lists presented here are works in progress. Information may change as we continue to update lists.

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Last updated: June 4, 2019