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4.2: Assessment of Landscape Context

  • Author(s): Thorne, James
  • Monahan, William
  • Holguin, Andrew
  • Schwartz, Mark W
  • et al.
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License
Abstract

This Natural Resources Condition Assessment (NRCA) is part of a Servicewide eff ort in the National Park Service

(NPS) to complete comparable NRCAs for each of 270 NPS units across the 32 NPS Vital Signs Monitoring

networks between 2006 and 2014. The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (parks) approach is unique

in several particulars: (1) its construction was made possible through signifi cant added park base funds; (2) the

parks professional staff and university partners were equally challenged to work cooperatively to create “actionable

results;” and (3) more than 80 professionals contributed to authoring and presenting this 2,600+ page condition

assessment.

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