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 33, Number 1, Winter 2016–2017)

A subalpine hillside radiates magenta from mountain Indian paintbrush at Mount Rainier National Park

Wildflower phenology monitoring

Scientists and outreach coordinators compare several approaches to monitoring wildflower phenology at Mount Rainier National Park.

A colony of elkhorn coral releases thousands of egg-sperm bundles into the water column

Coral spawning at Dry Tortugas

A collaborative dive team observes the annual reproductive spawning event of protected corals in Florida's most remote park.

View of the upper Bright Angel Trail from Hermit Road on the South Rim of Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon's busy corridor trails

Articles analyze the history of the corridor trails, understanding day use, the rise of canyoneering, and preventive search and rescue.

A tricolored bat at Cloudland State Park, Georgia, exhibits fully expressed white-nose syndrome.

Preventing the spread of WNS

A cave researcher tests backcountry protocols for decontaminating clothing and equipment of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome.

A process to evaluate the effectiveness of these features to make trails more sustainable.

Assessing trail drainage features

A reliable field process for evaluating the effectiveness of drainage features in making trails sustainable.

Mean sea level for South Florida under the 50th percentile (low) RCP 8.5 projections.

Sea-level rise inundation scenarios

Researchers project sea-level rise and inundation possibilities for South Florida national parks,

STARFire measures the potential to add value to a landscape or planning unit from fire management.

STARFire: Fire management analysis tool

The system integrates risk analysis, fuel treatment, and program preparedness and analysis as measures of return on investment.