Research Priorities

National Park Service biologists in a meadow discussing wetland mapping methods.
National Park Service biologists discuss methods for mapping park wetlands.

NPS photo

Managing Park Resources

Stewardship of park resources includes guiding research that will inform complex management decisions and suggest novel approaches to management issues. A Resource Stewardship Strategy now under development prioritizes research needs and management actions for protecting natural and cultural resources.

The purpose of a Resource Stewardship Strategy is to:

  • Guide our investments in funding, planning, and implementing resource stewardship activities
  • Track and evaluate resource stewardship progress
  • Integrate climate-change adaptation and novel ways of thinking about resource stewardship under changing conditions

Field biologist examines wetland soil profile to characterize wetland type.
Biologist examines a wetland soil profile to identify wetland type, Kings Canyon National Park.

NPS photo / Talia Chorover

Guiding Scientific Research

The Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) identifies research priorities that will help inform management decisions and actions. Scientists interested in doing research that informs resource management needs can link to the research prospectus (coming soon!) to access the parks' research priorities.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks strive to host a science symposium every other year to share research needs and results with our community of researchers, resource management scientists, interpreters, and educators. In 2016, the parks initiated this effort as part of the NPS Centennial. To learn more, download the 2016 science symposium report.


For More Information:

Download the following reports to learn more about resource stewardship strategies and natural resource condition in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks:

Resource Stewardship Strategy (coming soon!)
Contact the parks' Science Coordinator Koren Nydick if you have questions about the parks' research priorities.

Natural Resource Condition Assessment (2013)

Last updated: March 2, 2017

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