Understanding Park Natural Resources
National parks are complex places, and every day park managers need to make decisions that affect a park's natural resources. Reliable, science-based information is the foundation for sound management decisions.
The Inventory & Monitoring Division systematically gathers and analyzes information on the plants, animals, and ecosystems that are found within parks. Inventory information helps us understand the range of resources we protect, and monitoring information helps us understand how these resources are doing over the long term. Learn more about Inventory & Monitoring.