MNPS Program: National Park Forests in the Eastern US: Ecological Value and Natural Resource Challenges, 07/27/2021
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We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available about 3 weeks after the program.
Speaker: Dr. Liz Matthews, Ecologist, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program
This presentation will share highlights from the first 15 years of a long-term forest vegetation monitoring program in eastern U.S. National Parks. It will cover recent findings that illustrate the ecological value and importance of National Park forests in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond, despite their relatively small size when compared to National Parks of the western U.S. The presentation will also describe the natural resource challenges confronting these ecosystems, including invasive plants, deer overabundance, and forest fragmentation.
Dr. Liz Matthews, is an Ecologist and Program Manager for the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) program. The I&M program conducts natural resource inventories and monitors the condition of key “vital signs,” or natural resource indicators, in National Parks across the U.S. to inform resource management in the parks. Liz first joined the National Capital Area I&M office in 2013 as a Botanist, leading the forest vegetation monitoring program in 11 National Parks in and around DC. Prior to joining the NPS, Liz studied plant phenology in National Parks in California and alluvial vegetation in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.
Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program.
The program is free and open to the public.