Inventory & Monitoring at George Washington Memorial Parkway

At waters edge in a marsh, a man reads a water level device.
Marsh elevation monitoring at Dyke Marsh National Wildlife Preserve.

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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 George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP).

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Ongoing NCRN monitoring of forest vegetation occurs at 20 plots spread throughout GWMP 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 noted along with targeted invasive plant species. Fallen and standing woody debris (that provides essential habitat to many types of wildlife) is also monitored.

The NCRN also monitors water quality every other month in Mine Run, Pimmit Run, and Turkey Run, as well as Minnehaha Creek on the Maryland side of the Potomac. 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. Between 2008 and 2013, NCRN monitored aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and stream physical habitat in the same streams.

NCRN also monitors forest birds twice each year (at 20 plots) in GWMP's forested areas.

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 at George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1358. 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 1349. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1488. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1367. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water & Other Vital Signs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1376. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Reports

In-depth research on natural resources along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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 Collection 301 (results presented are a subset). 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: May 17, 2018