IAN worked with the National Park Service to develop natural resource condition assessments for three national battlefield parks. Habitats within Antietam, Monocacy, and Manassas National Battlefield Parks were defined as being either managed for natural resource values or managed for agricultural values. Habitat maps were created, and desired/degraded conditions were defined for each habitat. Metrics were then assigned to these habitat types compared to established thresholds, leading to the condition assessment for each habitat. Assessed habitats included forests, deer populations, bird diversity, wetlands and waterways, biological stream diversity, pastures, and grasslands.
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Marking a significant milestone in our ongoing partnership with the National Park Service National Capital Region Network (NCRN), IAN has completed Natural Resource Condition Assessments for the 11 NCRN park units in Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia. Natural Resource Condition Assessments evaluate and report on the natural resources within a park, and aim to provide science-based information to assist park managers in ongoing resource planning and decision-making. This partnership began in 2005, focusing on the communication of natural resources in the National Parks, and has evolved and continues to grow today. All completed NRCAs and accompanying products are available on IAN Press.