Inventory & Monitoring at National Capital Parks - East

Two scientists stand to take measurements of water in a forest stream.
Water monitoring in Still Creek at Greenbelt Park. Photo: NPS.

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 the parks that make up National Capital Parks-East (NACE).

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NACE refers to a group of park sites stretching from Capitol Hill out into the Maryland suburbs. The National Capital Region Network (NCRN) monitors forest vegetation, water quality, birds, and other variables at the parks below (listed from north to south).

Greenbelt Park: 9 forest vegetation sites, 7 forest bird sites, and water quality in Still Creek (both quarterly and continuous)
Baltimore-Washington Parkway: 10 forest vegetation sites, 0 forest bird sites due to road noise.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: 1 forest vegetation site, 5 marsh elevation (SET) sites
Anacostia Park: 1 forest vegetation site, 1 forest bird site, 5 marsh elevation (SET) sites (in Kingman Marsh)
Fort Circle: 2 forest vegetation sites, 2 forest bird sites
Fort Dupont: 3 forest vegetation sites, 4 forest bird sites
Shepard Parkway: 2 forest vegetation sites
Suitland Parkway: 2 forest vegetation sites, water quality in Henson Creek

Oxon Cove: 2 forest vegetation sites, 2 forest bird sites, and water quality in Oxon Run
Fort Washington: 2 forest vegetation sites, 3 forest bird sites
Piscataway Park: 13 forest vegetation sites, and 11 forest bird sites

Ongoing monitoring of forest vegetation occurs at 47 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 30 forest plots.
NCRN I&M also monitors water quality every other month in Henson Creek, Oxon Run, and Still 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.
NCRN monitored aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and stream physical habitat between 2008 and 2013.
Marsh elevation is monitored at 10 sites in Kingman and Kenilworth Marshes.

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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 the parks of National Capital Parks - East.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2221. 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 1353. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1492. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1371. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water & Other Vital Signs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1380. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Reports

In-depth research on natural resources in the parks of National Capital Parks - East.

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 1337. 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