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Red Tides on the West Florida Shelf (Page 1)

Red Tides on the West Florida Shelf

Garrett M, Heil C and O'Neil JM ·
4 February 2013

Native to the Gulf of Mexico, Karenia brevis is a toxic dinoflagellate that blooms almost annually off the west coast of Florida. K. brevis blooms are not a new phenomenon on the west Florida shelf, and ships' logs suggest bloom-related events (fish kills) dating back to the 1500s. Coastal regions of Florida have experienced some of the most rapid population growth and development in the United States.

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Assateague Island is Changing (Page 1)

Assateague Island is Changing

Jane Hawkey, Heath Kelsey ·
31 December 2012

The natural geomorphological processes on Assateague Island, a Mid-Atlantic barrier island, are being exacerbated by increased storm intensity and sea-level rise, impacting the habitats and wildlife. The National Park Service Assateague Island National Seashore management is taking steps to ensure the sustainability of the park and the visitor experience.

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War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Page 1)

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Jane Hawkey, Tim Carruthers ·
19 May 2011

This 6-panel park brochure is the result of an IAN collaboration with the managers and staff of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam. It highlights for the park visitor the connection between the unique natural ecosystems and species, and the cultural and war history of the island. The goal of the brochure is to educate both the local and off-island park visitor, and instill stewardship of these fragile resources for future generations to enjoy.

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A Conceptual Basis for Monitoring Vital Signs: Shenandoah National Park (Page 1)

A Conceptual Basis for Monitoring Vital Signs: Shenandoah National Park

Joanna Woerner, Bill Dennison, Melissa Andreychek ·
18 November 2010

As a 200,000-acre natural oasis in the densely populated mid-Atlantic region, Shenandoah National Park is a refuge for both wildlife and people. This booklet illustrates the unique natural resources in the park and demonstrates the need for natural resource monitoring. It also explores the natural processes and human-caused activities that pose a threat to park ecosystems, and investigates the selection of vital signs—indicators of natural resource conditions.

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Groundwater resources at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (Page 1)

Groundwater resources at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Tim Carruthers, Jane Hawkey, Rebecca Most ·
18 November 2010

The fragile natural and cultural resources such as anchianline pools, fishponds, and the nearshore marine areas are reliant to varying degrees on the groundwater that filters into Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Excessive withdrawal of groundwater by development wells upslope and outside the park may threaten those resources with drying out and saltwater intrusion, thereby putting native plant and animals that live in those environments at risk. This brochure outlines these issues.

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National Park of American Samoa (Page 1)

National Park of American Samoa

Jane Hawkey, Tim Carruthers ·
10 September 2010

This two-page flyer, created in collaboration with the National Park Service's National Park of American Samoa, will be distributed by the park to Samoan community and church groups and schools, as well as to park visitors, to promote good stewardship and sustainable use of the unique and fragile natural resources found in these remote South Pacific islands.

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Harmful Algae Impacts the Coast of Florida (Page 1)

Harmful Algae Impacts the Coast of Florida

Kris Beckert ·
13 April 2010

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) have increased in abundance and severity around the world in recent decades. Among coastal HABs, benthic cyanobacteria blooms, particularly Lyngbya spp., are becoming more numerous and persistent in tropical and subtropical environments. These species have become increasingly problematic in the near-shore waters of Florida, and it has been suggested that this may be in part caused by nutrient enrichment resulting from highly developed coastal habitats.

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