Inventory & Monitoring at Catoctin Mountain Park

A woman wades across a stream running a tape measure behind her.
Water monitoring in Owens Creek. Photo: NPS/Nortrup

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

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Ongoing monitoring of forest vegetation occurs at 49 plots spread throughout the park forests. 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 recorded along with targeted invasive plant species. Fallen and standing woody debris (that provides essential habitat to many types of wildlife) is also monitored.
Forest birds are monitored twice each year at 45 forest plots. Catoctin is home to at least 15 species of conservation concern and, as of 2011, two of those (Acadian flycatcher and wood thrush) were among the top ten most abundant species in the park.

NCRN I&M also monitors water quality every other month in Big Hunting Creek, Blue Blazes Creek, and Owens 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. A set of continuous water loggers in Owens Creek also measure conductivity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and water level.
NCRN monitored aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and stream physical habitat condition in streams throughout the park between 2008 and 2013.

Periodic monitoring of amphibians in streams and wetlands throughout the park began in 2015.

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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 Catoctin Mountain Park.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1321. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Amphibians

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1266 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Birds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1318. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1485. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1319. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water & Other Vital Signs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1322. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Reports

In-depth research on natural resources in Catoctin Mountain Park.

Air & Climate

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

Amphibians

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2583 (results presented are a subset). 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 1327. 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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