To "improve park management through greater reliance on scientific knowledge" the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program collects, organizes, and makes available natural resource data contributing to the parks' institutional knowledge by facilitating the transformation of data into information through analysis, synthesis, and modeling. The Pacific Island Network (PACN) is one of 32 National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring networks of national parks linked by geography and shared natural resource characteristics.
Though quite recent in origin, the Pacific Islands I & M Program has already added significant knowledge of species presence and biodiversity of marine environments of the Pacific parks. The illustrated species checklists with links to the right are but a "tip of the iceberg" of the knowledge accumulated in just the past few years. With this new information park managers have a new ability to preserve and enjoy these significant park resources.
the '80s Western Region park managers lobbied long to get this I & M program
started. An example of the many arguments for the program is this
brief opinion piece presented as a part of a forum at the George Wright
Link to the Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring Program web page.
Link to the National Park Service Inventorying and Monitoring web page.
Links to Illustrated Species Checklists--
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Checklist of the Fishes
Checklist of the Marine Invertebrates
Checklist of the Mammals and Herps
Checklist of the Birds
Checklist of the Higher Plants and Ferns