Inventory and Monitoring at War In The Pacific National Historical Park

A blue sea star (Linckia laevigata) resting on coral
Blue sea star (Linckia laevigata) resting on coral at War in the Pacific National Historical Park.

K.L. Kramer, NPS

While primarily a World War II historical park in Guam, the seven units of War In The Pacific National Historical Park encompasses coral reefs, seagrass beds, tropical savanna grasslands, a mahogany forest, limestone forests, bogs, streams, coastal and forest wetlands, and offshore islets. These outstanding environments provide homes for rare animals and provide a laboratory for scientific inquiry and research.

What's Monitored Here

  • Vibrant coral reef at War in the Pacific National Historical Park
    Benthic Marine Communities

    Four parks within the Pacific Island Network contain rich benthic marine communities that are home to algae, corals, and other invertebrates

  • Plant community in American Memorial Park
    Focal Terrestrial Plant Communities

    Long-term vegetation monitoring helps us determine plant community health, ecosystem stability, and the effectiveness of management

  • Pennant bannerfish (Heniochus chrysostomus) observed on a coral reef in National Park of American Sa
    Marine Fish Communities

    Marine fish are a major component of coral reef ecosystems and serve many ecological functions

  • Stream monitoring in Kalaupapa National Historical Park
    Stream Communities

    Freshwater ecosystems are considered to be among the world's most vulnerable

  • Water quality performed at Kaloko-HonokĊhau National Historical Park
    Water Quality

    The quality of surface waters, marine waters, and groundwater is fundamental to the ecosystems across the Pacific islands

Marine community in War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Reports & Publications

PACN I&M Inventory and Monitoring Reports, Protocols, and Articles from War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Discovering species in our parks
Park Species List

Discovering species in our parks

Last updated: August 18, 2023