Inventory & Monitoring at Prince William Forest Park

In a forest, a man stretches a yellow measuring tape around a tree trunk.
Measuring the diameter of a tree as part of forest vegetation monitoring. Photo: NPS/Paradis.

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 Prince William Forest Park.

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Ongoing NCRN monitoring of forest vegetation occurs at 145 plots spread throughout forested areas of Prince William. 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 Boneyard Run, Carters Run, Mary Bird Branch, Mawavi Run, Quantico Creek, Orenda Run, South Fork Quantico Creek, Sow Run, and Taylor Run. 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 condition between 2008 and 2013.

We also measure stream width, depth, flow, and discharge. A set of continuous water loggers in Quantico Creek and South Fork Quantico Creek also measure conductivity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and water level.

Stream and wetland amphibians are monitored periodically. NCRN also monitors forest birds at 132 plots in Prince William's forest areas. Observers visit each plot in early and late summer, to record all birds heard or seen within a 100 meter radius.

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Publications and Other Information

Resource Briefs

A quick and easy look at NCRN monitoring data or notable resource issues at Prince William Forest Park.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1363. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Amphibians

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1344 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Birds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1354. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1493. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Stream Biology

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1372. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water & Other Vital Signs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1381. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Reports

In-depth research on natural resources in Prince William Forest Park.

Air & Climate

Source: Data Store Collection 3832 (results presented are a subset). 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.

Natural Resource Condition Assessments

Natural Resource Condition Assessment Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2157. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

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    Last updated: May 21, 2018