Inventory and Monitoring Program, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Data Center Description
The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program has developed five long-term goals:
1. Baseline inventories of basic biological and geophysical natural resources will be completed for all natural resource parks. To ensure availability to park managers, data collected at the park level will be maintained in the park and also used to generate regional and national summaries of selected inventory items.
2. Long-term monitoring programs will be developed to efficiently and effectively monitor ecosystem status and trends over time at various spatial scales.
3. Decision Support Geographic information systems and other tools that apply field data will aid park managers in identifying alternative management actions, assessing trade-offs, and evaluating outcomes.
4. Integration Natural resources inventory and monitoring programs will be integrated with park planning, operation and maintenance, visitor protection, and interpretation activities to establish natural resource preservation and protection as an integral part of park management.
5. Cooperation The National Park Service is actively cooperating with other federal and state agencies to share resources, achieve common goals, and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and expense. Every effort is being made to develop cost-sharing and technology exchange agreements with other agencies conducting inventories or monitoring.