Inventory & Monitoring at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

In the woods, a man crouches to examine small plants.
Forest vegetation monitoring in a pawpaw-rich forest. 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 C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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Ongoing monitoring of forest vegetation occurs at 74 plots spread throughout the length of the park. 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.

Forest birds are monitored twice each year at 90+ forest plots throughout the park.
The NCRN also does extensive monitoring of wetland and stream amphibians at 33 permanent and temporary wetlands in the Potomac Gorge.

While many streams briefly run across the park on their way to the Potomac River, we do not monitor water quality at C&O Canal since the conditions in these short stream segments represents their non-park watersheds much more strongly than conditions within the park itself.

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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 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1357. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Amphibians

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1344. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Birds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1348. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1487. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1366. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water & Other Vital Signs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1375. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Reports

In-depth research on natural resources in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical 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 1328. 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.

Quick Reads

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