What We Inventory

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Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia).

NPS photo / Ryan Manuel

Effective management and stewardship of natural resources in the Northern Great Plains Network parks begins with a basic understanding of the resources. To acquire this understanding, an inventory program was established by the National Park Service with the goal of acquiring baseline information for a set of resources, from bibliographic information to species occurrence and distribution.

Inventories assess and document the current condition of specific natural resources in network parks. A set of 12 basic inventories are defined in appendix A of the Natural Resources Inventory and Monitoring Guidelines (NPS-75). The inventories served as a common starting point for monitoring and were also intended to provide park managers with baseline information on the natural resources in their parks.

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Inventory Reports

Explore the natural resource inventories that have been conducted in the Northern Great Plains Network

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Species Lists

Use the online tool to search NPSpecies online database for park species lists

Last updated: August 20, 2018