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Inventory and Monitoring Program, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

Service Provider 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

2. Long-term monitoring programs will be developed to efficiently and
effectively monitor ecosystem status and trends over time at various spatial

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.


[Summary provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior.]
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