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Vital Signs: Some Preliminary Trends John Gross I&M Program Ft Collins, CO. Roadmap …. Request and responses Results and general observations Conclusions. Goals. Identify commonalities among networks Avoid duplication Allocate resources effectively, and Provide feedback to networks.

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Vital Signs:

Some Preliminary Trends

John Gross

I&M Program

Ft Collins, CO


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Roadmap …

  • Request and responses

  • Results and general observations

  • Conclusions


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Goals

  • Identify commonalities among networks

  • Avoid duplication

  • Allocate resources effectively, and

  • Provide feedback to networks


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The request

Send a draft list of vital signs … The plan is to use the items to tabulate how many networks have identified certain indicators or issues as a high priority, so that we can identify and discuss opportunities for further collaboration and coordination…


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The responses …

  • High level of creativity in approach and philosophy

  • Most > 1 list; some many pages

    • By network or by individual park unit

  • Stressors, attributes, indicators, measurements

  • High variation in detail

    • water quality vs dissolved oxygen

    • birds vs spotted owl

    • some phrased as questions


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Approach

  • Examine lists

  • SGSAT approach to identify categories

  • Assign vital signs to categories

    • Select priority vital signs

    • Category headings

  • Note issues


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Categories

  • Landscape / Humans

  • Abiotic

  • Biotic – terrestrial

  • Biotic – aquatic


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Landscape / Humans

Land use (in and out of parks)

Land cover (confounded)

Visitor / backcountry use



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Biotic:Terrestrial


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Biotic:Aquatic / Riparian / Wetlands


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Future summaries

  • ecological scale

    • region, landscape, ecosystem, ….

  • broad-scale habitat

    • terrestrial, freshwater, marine, wetland, riparian

  • taxonomic group

  • indicator vs attribute

  • frequency of measurement


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Opportunities …

  • exotic / invasive organisms

  • land use / land cover

  • remote sensing

  • aquatic organisms – fish, invertebrates

  • water chemistry

  • air quality

  • animals – amphibians, birds, mammals

    • deer

  • T&E species (rare taxa)


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Conclusions…

  • significant opportunities for coordination

  • categories need to be more specific

  • common (concise) format useful

  • repeat after October