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Accession Number PB2013-100560
Title Sierra Nevada Network Lake Monitoring Protocol Protocol Narrative Natural Resource Report.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 182p
Personal Author A. M. Heard C. Fong D. Paolilli D. W. Schweizer J. O. Sickman L. A. Harrod-Starcevich R. Cook
Abstract The Sierra Nevada Network (SIEN) monitors high-elevation lakes throughout Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks as part of the National Park Services Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program. The purpose of the I&M Program is to develop and provide scientifically sound information on the current status and long-term trends in the composition, structure, and function of park ecosystems, and to determine how well current management practices are sustaining those ecosystems. This is accomplished through park-wide inventories and a long-term monitoring program. In establishing a service-wide natural resources inventory and monitoring program, the National Park Service (NPS) created networks of parks that are linked by geography and shared natural resource characteristics. Working within networks improves the efficiency of inventory and monitoring because parks are able to share budgets, staffing, and other resources to plan and implement an integrated program. The Sierra Nevada Network includes four NPS units: Devils Postpile National Monument (DEPO), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI)two distinct parks managed as one unit, and Yosemite National Park (YOSE).The Sierra Nevada Network, through a series of workshops involving park staff and collaborators, selected a suite of vital signs (ecological indicators) to monitor for the long-term (Mutch et al. 2007). Vital signs are a subset of physical, chemical, and biological elements and processes of ecosystems that are selected to represent the overall health or condition of park resources. SIEN monitors long-term trends for a suite of ecological indicators as part of the following monitoring efforts: lakes, rivers, high-elevation white pines, wetlands, birds, and climate. Three of the selected vital signs are sampled at SIEN lakes: water chemistry, surface water dynamics, and amphibians. The Lake Monitoring program incorporates two of SIENs high priority indicators---water chemistry and surface water dynamics. The water chemistry objectives were the primary driver of the monitoring design, with the hydrologic objectives second in priority. In addition, we collect limited amphibian survey information at our lake sites that are used by the parks and cooperators to supplement ongoing research and monitoring. Amphibian survey procedures are described in a separate protocol.
Keywords Clean water act
Data analysis
Data management
Lake monitoring
Long-term monitoring program
Management practices
National Park Service (NPS)

Source Agency National Park Service
NTIS Subject Category 68D - Water Pollution & Control
57H - Ecology
70B - Management Practice
Corporate Author Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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