What We Monitor

Acadia's rocky intertidal zone has many life forms in it.
The rocky intertidal zone of Acadia NP teems with life.

Michael Durham

The Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) uses long-term ecological monitoring to track changes in selected park resources and processes, called "vital signs." Monitoring these key resources helps parks to understand the overall health or condition of their resources. Knowing if and how key resources are changing can help park managers to develop effective approaches to management, restoration, and mitigation.

Each monitoring program has its own protocol that includes a narrative providing the rationale for selecting a particular resource for monitoring, a framework for making necessary decisions or revisions relative to that protocol and its development, and standard operating procedures (SOP's) that explain, step-by-step, how each procedure will be accomplished. Some protocols are updated on a yearly basis and some remain unchanged for several years.

Last updated: May 23, 2019