What We Inventory

Natural resource inventories identify the presence of natural resources in parks, and assess and document their current condition. Such inventories allow comparison of existing conditions to the natural or desired state of parks and provide a solid baseline for long-term monitoring and making scientifically sound management decisions.

The NPS I&M program identified the following 12 basic resource inventories as those of greatest value for the Vital Signs Monitoring Program:

  • Air Quality
  • Air Quality Related Values
  • Cartography
  • Climate
  • Geologic Resources
  • Natural Resource Bibliography
  • Soils Resources
  • Species Lists
  • Species Status and Abundance
  • Vegetation
  • Water Body Location and Classification
  • Water Quality

For details on the specific inventories conducted in San Francisco Bay Area Network, check out our collection of inventory reports.

Western columbine flower

Species Lists

Generate your own species list for plants and animals in San Francisco Bay Area National Parks.

Researcher and National Park Service employee taking a picture of algae during a BioBlitz

Inventory Reports

Discover the details of natural resources inventories that have been conducted in San Francisco Bay Area Network parks.

Last updated: December 27, 2017