Inventory and Monitoring at Niobrara National Scenic River

waterfall pouring into a river with green vegetation around it
There are over 230 waterfalls along the westernmost part of the Niobrara River.

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Niobrara National Scenic River is a 76-mile long park located in rural north-central Nebraska. It was established to preserve the river, and to provide a variety of recreational and educational opportunities including public access that does not adversely impact the river's resources.

The park is unique because it is an ecological crossroads in which six distinct ecosystems and their associated flora and fauna mix. These include the northern boreal forest, eastern deciduous forest, ponderosa pine forest, tallgrass prairie, mixed-grass prairie, and shortgrass prairie. As a result of this intersection, the park natural resources are quite diverse, including the federally endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover, and other locally rare species such as the river otter.

Altered Niobrara River hydrography due to dams both within and outside the park boundaries have contributed to instream flow issues and concerns over recreation, fish abundance and movements, and wildlife habitat. We monitor landbirds, water quality, and weather and climate at this park.

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Reports and Publications

Read more about our work at this park in the resource briefs (short summaries), protocols (monitoring procedures), monitoring reports (detailed results), or inventories (assessments and lists of natural resources) below.

Resource Briefs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2423. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Protocols

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2424. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Monitoring Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3386. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Inventories

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3385. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


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    Last updated: August 19, 2018