Inventory & Monitoring at Mount Rainier National Park

Wildflowers in mountain meadow with evergreens and glaciated mountain in distance
Mount Rainier as seen from Paradise Meadow

NPS photo

Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899. The park is 235,625 acres, 97% of which is designated Wilderness. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous US, with over 35 square miles of snow and ice and spawning six major rivers.

Approximately 58% of the Park is forested, 23% is subalpine parkland, and the remainder is alpine, half of which is vegetated and the other half consists of permanent snow and ice. Vegetation is diverse, reflecting the varied climatic and environmental conditions encountered across the Park's 12,800-ft elevation gradient.

The North Coast and Cascades Network provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to help parks make effective, science-based management decisions. Inventories have been completed for birds, fish, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, and vascular plants (see species lists further down the page). Maps and reports detailing Mount Rainier National Park's vegetation and soils are in progress and are complete for geologic resources.

For more information about Mount Rainier National Park, visit the Park website.

Publications

Monitoring Reports

Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 558 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Elk

Source: Data Store Saved Search 552 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 555 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Glaciers

Source: Data Store Saved Search 559 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Landbirds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 550 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Landscape Dynamics

Source: Data Store Saved Search 553 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Mountain Lakes

Source: Data Store Saved Search 567 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Subalpine Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 639 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water Quality

Source: Data Store Saved Search 640 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Inventory Reports

Inventory Reports

Source: Data Store Collection 531 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Monitoring Protocols

Protocol Documents

Source: Data Store Collection 167 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Synthesis, Trend, and Journal Publications

Publications

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3605 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

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Last updated: September 19, 2019