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Accession Number 5004450

Title Technical Assistance in Coastal Ecology

Project Description The USGS assists land and resource managers with scientific information needs regarding the

preservation and management of coastal ecosystems. In 1999 the National Park Service initiated

its ôVital Signs Monitoring Programö, which provides new funding for long-term monitoring of

natural resources within biogeographic networks of parks. The Coastal and Barrier Network (8

coastal parks from Massachusetts to Virginia, including Cape Cod National Seashore and

Assateague Island National Seashore) began developing its vital signs monitoring program in early

2000. USGS is assisting NPS in identifying management issues and ecosystem types

represented in the Network, reviewing existing information, seeking input and advice from experts

from inside and outside the National Park Service to identify monitoring needs and priorities,

identifying partners, and developing an operational monitoring program. USGS is also participating

in planning for coastal habitat restoration by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine

Environment.

Keywords coastal ecosystems, estuaries, eutrophication, monitoring, nutrient enrichment, technical

assistance, water quality, wetlands,

Principal Hilary A Neckles, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: hilary_neckles@usgs.gov; Blaine S

Investigators Kopp, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: bkopp@usgs.gov;

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