Park Science

Park Science is a research and resource management journal of the U.S. National Park Service. It reports the implications of recent and ongoing natural and social science and related cultural research for park planning, management, and policy. Articles translate scientific findings into usable knowledge for park planning and the development of management practices for natural resources and visitor enjoyment.

In this Issue (partial list)

(Volume 34, Number 1, Winter 2017–2018)

two people sitting on a boulder take a photo of the mountain in front of them

Milestones, 1916-2016

A timeline of the first 100 years of science and natural resource management in the national parks

Water sampling in Soda Butte Creek downstream of the McLaren Mill and Tailings

Water quality in Yellowstone

Contaminated with heavy metals for over 80 years, Soda Butte Creek was recently recommended for removal from Montana’s impaired waters list.

Purple flowers blooming on a shrub with green leaves

Reintroduction of endangered beach pea

Best practices for successful reintroduction of this long-lived plant species as revealed by the multiyear experiment.

Forested peaks in the fog

Measuring a mountain's natural resources

Members of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative measure the ecological health of one of San Francisco Bay Area's natural treasures.

A flowering shrub grows in a barren lava field

Adapting to change in Hawai'i Volcanoes

Natural resource managers at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park study how climate change will alter plant distributions in the park.

ant hills in the shade of a tree

Changes in leafcutter ant populations

A social insect biologist analyzes longtime environmental impacts on population size and survival.

Last updated: April 12, 2018