Natural Resource Management

Natural resource experts are currently working on several projects to locate, document, and study plants and animals in the Monument. Motion sensor camera help document species in the Monument such as bears and mountain lions. Researched captured and implanted radio transmitters into snakes and Gila monsters in order to track their activities and learn more about their ranges and habitats. The cameras and transmitters also allow researchers to study behavior and monitor the health of each individual. Natural Resource managers can asses the environmental health of the Monument by monitoring and studying the plant and animal species that occupy it.

Learn about different natural resource management projects below.

Arizona Black Rattlesnake Research

Despite the species' limited range, basic biological information needed to make management decisions is lacking for most Arizona black rattlesnake populations. To address this need, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists conduced research on the species in Arizona national park units from 2003 to 2005. The research examined relative population abundance, movement patterns, range requirements, dietary habits, and winter and summer habitat.

Gila Monster Research

Despite public fascination with the species, relatively little is known about the ecology and behavior of the Gila Monster in the wild. For this reason, managers at Tonto National Monument, Arizona contacted the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to investigate why Gila Monsters were seen in developed areas of the park, particularly crossing the main road. (2004 research project)

Vegetation and Soil Monitoring

The Sonoran Desert Network (SODN) monitors terrestrial vegetation and soils to detect broad-scale changes in vegetation and soils within the context of changes in other ecological drivers, stressors, processes, and resources of interest. In 2009 - 2010, field crews sampled 19 plots across Tonto National Monument.

Last updated: January 4, 2018

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