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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

The high diversity of plant communities in Wrangell-St. Elias is due in part to its large size, the three climatic zones it covers (maritime, transitional and interior), the wide variety of landforms and lithologies, and the extensive and complex topographic relief found within its boundaries. The composition of the dominant interior boreal plant communities are similar for the three Central Area Network parks whereas Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias (WRST) share similar plant communities in the transitional area between the coast and the interior. WRST is unique in that it has coastal rainforest communities along the Gulf of Alaska and in the Chugach-St. Elias Mountains and a strong coastal influence into the Wrangell...
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As part of the National Park Services Inventory and Monitoring Program a freshwater fish inventory was conducted in the Central Alaska Network between 2001 and 2003. This network is comprised of Denali National Park and Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The purpose of this inventory was to document 90% of the expected yet undocumented species and to collect baseline data of species abundance and distribution. Angling, dip nets, electrofishing, a fyke net, gill nets, hoop traps, minnow traps, and snorkeling were all methods used in the 135 different sites that were sampled in the Central Alaska Network. Nine out of twenty one expected yet undocumented...
All vegetation related projects conducted from 1982 to 2001 which had a monitoring component are listed. Projects are categorized as either current or historic activities, then further categorized by year. Projects that may be useful for baseline data, but were not designed with a monitoring component were excluded, such as the 1984 park-wide ATV trail inventory and the 1996 Nabesna ATV trail assessment.
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