Natural Resource Monitoring at Saint-Gaudens NHP
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park contains the home, studios, and gardens of Augustus Saint Gaudens (1848-1907), America's foremost sculptor of the Gilded Age. Since 1964 the park has preserved, protected and interpreted cultural and natural resources and artwork historically associated with the sculptor. Saint-Gaudens created over 150 works of art, from exquisitely carved cameos to heroic-size public monuments. Works such as the Standing Lincoln monument and the Shaw Memorial, continue to inspire people today and his design for the 1907 Twenty-Dollar Gold Piece, is considered America's most beautiful coin.
The park was once covered by glaciers and glacial meltwaters, but today is home to upland forests, spring seeps, brooks, and two ponds. It is located in Cornish, Sullivan County, New Hampshire and ranges from about 300 to 600 feet above sea level. The park abuts the Connecticut River, a federally designated American Heritage River, and comprises 195 acres owned in-fee, with an additional 175 acres included in the authorized boundary.
There are over 400 vascular plant species at Saint-Gaudens and seventeen of them are known invasive plants. Each invasive is monitored for spread and is controlled based on its invasiveness, ease of removal, and threat or damage caused by the species.
Long Term Monitoring Programs in the Park
Park Basline Inventories
The Inventory and Monitoring Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance for parks to complete a set of 12 baseline, or "basic", natural resource inventories. These basic inventories are common to all parks with significant natural resources, and are intended to provide park managers with the minimum information needed to effectively manage the natural resources of their park.
Park Species ListsSpecies lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.
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Non NPS Citizen Science Opportunities in the Park
Bird observations from eBirdSaint-Gaudens NHS has been set up in eBird as a birding "hotspot". To view infomration on recent and historic bird sightings in the park, click here.
Species observations from iNaturalist
Saint-Gaudens NHP Science Stories
Last updated: February 27, 2019