Inventory & Monitoring at Antietam National Battlefield

A woman looks through binoculars while standing waist deep in shaded grass
Grassland bird monitoring near Antietam National Cemetery.

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To help protect park natural resources like forests, streams, and wildlife, a team of National Park Service scientists with the National Capital Region Inventory & Monitoring Network (NCRN I&M) is continually assessing conditions at Antietam.

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Ongoing NCRN monitoring of forest vegetation occurs at 12 plots spread throughout Antietam's forests and historic woodlots, including the North Woods, Snavely Woods, and the West Woods. At these plots the trees, shrubs, vines, and specific non-woody plants are identified to group or species, and trees are measured and labeled. Any evidence of deer browse on trees or shrubs is noted. Diseases and pests are also noted along with targeted invasive plant species. Fallen and standing woody debris (that provides essential habitat to many types of wildlife) is also monitored.

I&M also monitors forest birds twice each year (at 14 plots) in Antietam's forest areas. Since 2015, I&M has also monitored grassland bird (at 90 plots) within Antietam's grasslands.

NCRN I&M also monitors water quality every other month in Sharpsburg Creek, a tributary of Antietam Creek. Water is tested for levels of dissolved oxygen, pH, acid neutralizing capacity, salinity/specific conductance, total nitrate, total phosphorus, and water temperature. NCRN I&M also measures stream width, depth, flow, and discharge. In 2013, I&M monitored aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and stream physical habitat condition in Sharpsburg Creek.

For more than 12 years, the NCRN Inventory & Monitoring team has monitored resources in the natural areas of Antietam as part of a larger group of parks in the National Capital Region. The information gathered is routinely used for park management, early warning of diseases and invasive pests, trail and building planning, and to protect vulnerable species.

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Publications and Other Information

Resource Briefs

A quick and easy look at NCRN monitoring data or notable natural resource issues in Antietam National Battlefield.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1309. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Birds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1306. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1308. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1307. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water & Other Vital Signs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1310. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Reports

In-depth research on natural resources in Antietam National Battlefield.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Collection 3832. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Birds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2584 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2587 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Geology & Fossils

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1298 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Small Mammals

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2588 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Soil Data

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1326. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology & Fish

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2589 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water Quality

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2592 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

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    Last updated: October 23, 2017