Facilitating Ecosystem Stewardship

Our nation’s North Atlantic coast is a landscape of in-betweens. There are salt marshes and estuaries, where land meets ocean and freshwater meets saltwater. There are dense forests and miles of shoreline, where people cross paths with wildlife. In these places of dynamic intersection, change happens everywhere and all the time.

The Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN) is one of the National Park Service's 32 Inventory and Monitoring Programs. We collect data that measures ecosystem changes at the eight coastal national parks in our network.

Our role in collecting scientific data to better understand change is more important than ever as countries and communities pursue solutions to global climate change. By taking inventory on which species rely on our parks, and monitoring the health of our parks’ natural resources, NCBN helps ensure that future generations have the opportunities we do to appreciate our country’s lifegiving landscapes. 

Click on the video below to learn more about the nation-wide Inventory and Monitoring Program, and explore our site to learn about our network.


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The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program conducts long-term ecological monitoring within National Park sites, collaborates with a variety of partners, and provides valuable data to park managers and the public.

Last updated: June 18, 2024