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DESCRIPTIONIntertidal Monitoring. Sitka National Historical Park. Justification. Intertidal areas are diverse, biologically sensitive habitats vulnerable to disturbance. Fuel spills and boat groundings are constant threats. Trampling from high visitor use affects some areas (SITK). Objective. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Southeast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring ProgramIntertidal MonitoringSitka National Historical Park1JustificationIntertidal areas are diverse, biologically sensitive habitats vulnerable to disturbance. Fuel spills and boat groundings are constant threats. Trampling from high visitor use affects some areas (SITK).Southeast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program2ObjectiveDetermine the changes over time of species composition and distribution Identify those caused by anthropogenic activitySoutheast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program3Southeast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program May 6, 2009
Sitka Intertidal43.3 million acres - fully 4% of all NPS lands
1180 miles of coastline - nearly 30% of NPS total
Active, living links between dynamic natural resources and rich cultural landscapes, particularly in KLGO and SITKTechnical ApproachEvolution from VS to Repeat Inventory
High power for few, most common species
High natural variability
Informed by monitoring report and expert input
Southeast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program
5Logistics and Budget$20K in FY12 to establish agreementDesign and implement first iteration
Periodic (10 years?) need for experts to assist with inventorySoutheast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program6What were learningPower to detect trend is high for barnacles, Fucus, and Littorina snails.
Mobile and rare organisms under-represented
Random transects confound trend detection
Inventory will concentrate on presence/ND; algae, rare speciesSoutheast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program7Opening Bullet
Bullet 2 and 3Knowing the condition of natural resources in national parks is essential to the NPSs mission Park managers know that decision-making related to protecting ecosystems is complex. We need relevant, up-to-date information to understand how the condition of park resources is changing over time in response to natural processes and human activities.
At the most basic level, we cannot evaluate appropriate ecosystem function, assess impairment, or develop an appropriate management responses when the bounds of natural variability are not known, because we cannot identify when conditions are outside an expected range of variation. Similarly, without the fundamental perspective, reliable identification of resource trends is difficult.
No single spatial or temporal scale is appropriate for all system components and processes
the appropriate scale for understanding and effectively managing a particular resource will likely vary with the subject resource, and in some cases may require a regional, national, or international effort to understand and effectively manage. National parks themselves are part of larger ecosystems and must be managed in that context.
Southeast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Program May 6, 2009Program DeliveryPotential Inventory Products
Species list, ID sheet
8Be relevant to the Parks
Do a few things well
Build a program that is longer-lived than our careers, larger than ourselvesThis is fundamentally in-line with what National Parks are about
Southeast Alaska NetworkInventory and Monitoring Programbrendan_moynahan@nps.gov 907.364.2621
9Started with asking the question: Why are we here? Why do we endure all the meetings? All the emails? All that Records Management Awareness training?
We are here all of us are here, because we care deeply and personally for our nations -- the worlds -- last best places.
The reason why we all have chosen our career paths (besides the high pay and all the recognition) is that we truly endeavor to contribute to be part of something larger, something more enduring, and really something more important than ourselves.