While the scope of both the resources and the reporting products may vary, the general mechanisms involved in composing an NRCA are similar. NRCAs follow these basic steps:
Choose which park resources will be considered.
Identify potential indicator species; animal or plant species that can be used to infer conditions in an ecosystem.
Gather all available data and research in and around parks.
Review information and look for how it has changed relative to a standard, measured or historic baseline.
Determine if there is enough data to assign a condition. Do we know enough? Are there critical data gaps where future efforts should be focused?
Determine trends in data for resources where data is available over time.
View NRCA products by park [List Under Construction]:
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
American Memorial Park
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Badlands National Park
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Big Thicket National Preserve
Bluestone National Scenic River
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Bryce Canyon National Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Channel Islands National Park
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Last updated: August 5, 2020