What We Inventory

Canopy at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Vegetation canopy at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield park

NPS Photo / Rachel McManamay

Natural resource inventories are a documentation of the condition of plant, animal, or other natural resources. They can include a list of existing species, a count of the number of each species, or a dataset of existing conditions, like air quality. They provide a baseline that can be compared to later assessments to see if conditions are improving or degrading. Sometimes they provide information about the location of plant or animal communities.

Baseline inventories are administered by the
National Inventory and Monitoring Division for twelve core areas which are listed below. For more information, see the national inventory program information page.

Baseline inventories are administered by the National Inventory and Monitoring Division for these twelve core areas. For more information, see the national inventory program information page.

Twelve Basic Inventories

Inventory

Completion Status

Air Quality Completed
Air Quality Related Values Completed
Base Cartography Completed
Baseline Water Quality Completed
Climate Completed
Geologic Resources Completed
Natural Resource Bibliography Completed
Soils Resources Completed
Species List Completed
Species Status and Abundance Completed
Vegetation Mapping Inventory In Progress
Water Body Location and Classification Completed

Last updated: March 7, 2018