What We Monitor

Technician collecting data in a field of camas
Camas monitoring at Big Hole National Battlefield

Monitoring is the repeated observation and measurement of specific park natural resources in order to better understand their condition. Monitoring allows us to detect if changes are occurring, identify potential problems in the early stages, and take appropriate actions. Data and analyses resulting from monitoring are powerful tools that allow park managers to make sound decisions about the parks entrusted in their care.

I&M uses the term vital signs for particular species, habitats, landscapes, and abiotic factors (e.g., water, air, soil) that help indicate the health of an ecosystem. Learn more about vital signs.

Last updated: December 5, 2022