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National Park Service: Southeast Coast Network (SECN)

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National Park Service: Southeast Coast Network (SECN)

Acronym:  SECN

Description:  The Southeast Coast Network (SECN) is one of 32 National Park Service (NPS) Networks established to implement an integrated monitoring program under the Natural Resource Challenge. The SECN contains twenty parks, seventeen of which contain significant and diverse natural resources. In total, SECN parks encompass more than 184,000 acres of federally-managed land across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The parks range in size from slightly more than 20 acres to nearly 60,000 acres and when considered with non-federal lands jointly managed with SECN parks the Network encompasses more than 253,000 acres. Data and information are the primary products of natural resource inventories and ecological monitoring. Data management systems and procedures have been developed by the National I&M Program and each of the 32 networks with the objective of ensuring data quality, security, longevity and availability. Comprehensive data management plans accompany network monitoring plans, which provide specific guidance on how data resulting from inventory and monitoring efforts will be acquired, processed, checked, analyzed, distributed, and archived. Well-designed and well-documented data management systems and procedures are particularly important for the success of long-term programs where the lifespan of a data set will extend across the careers of many scientists, and numerous changes in technology are to be expected.

Web Site:  http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/SECN/aboutus.cfm

Duration:  01/01/2006 to present  (as of 03/23/2009)

Contact Name:  Joe DeVivo

Contact Email:  joe_devivo@nps.gov

Contact Web Url:  http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/SECN/networkstaff.cfm

Mission Statement:  * Inventory the natural resources under National Park Service stewardship to determine their nature and status. * Monitor park ecosystems to better understand their dynamic nature and condition and to provide reference points for comparisons with other, altered environments. * Establish natural resource inventory and monitoring as a standard practice throughout the National Park system that transcends traditional program, activity, and funding boundaries. * Integrate natural resource inventory and monitoring information into National Park Service planning, management, and decision making. * Share National Park Service accomplishments and information with other natural resource organizations and form partnerships for attaining common goals and objectives.

Information Web Url:  http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/SECN/index.cfm

Monitoring Programs:  National Park Service: Inventory & Monitoring Vital Signs Monitoring: Marine Water Quality Program

Monitoring Stations:  163 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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