Preserving Our Unique Coastal Ecosystems

The Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN) comprises eight national park units along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Virginia, each of which contains a rich array of natural and cultural resources.

These parks and their partners are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region's unique resources through science and education.

Our goal is to develop a strong scientific foundation for stewardship and management of park natural resources. By doing so, we help fulfill the National Park Service's mission of conserving our national treasures for future generations.

crew members assesses water salinity using a refractometer at Fire Island National Seashore

Vital Signs Monitoring

Long-term monitoring of ecological indicators or “vital signs” helps us understand the health of park natural resources over time.

A young diamondback terrapin at Gateway National Recreation Area

Inventories of Park Natural Resources

Inventories are point-in-time surveys to help parks document the current condition of their natural resources.

Last updated: October 13, 2021