What Is a Natural Resource Condition Assessment?
Natural Resource Condition Assessments (NRCAs) are cooperative projects with the National Park Service (NPS) that set out to evaluate and report current conditions, identify critical data gaps, and summarize threats and stressors for a subset of priority natural resources at a specific park unit. The selected resources are typically natural resources or features that are unique to a park or that represent an integral component of ecosystems/landscapes in the park. To complete these assessments, existing scientific data and information from a variety of NPS and non-NPS sources are synthesized and summarized, and an overall condition is assigned to each priority resource. NRCAs are intended to represent a synthesis of existing data and literature for the key resources of a given park, which assists natural resource planning activities and provides background information for future park resource staff.
For more background information, such as program guidance and current program status, visit the NPS NRCA website