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National Park Service: National Capital Region

The National Capital Region (NCR), headquartered in Washington, DC, administers the National Mall and monumental core parks that were established the same time the Nation's Capital was founded in 1792. These oldest national park areas, along with dozens of historic sites, natural areas and Civil War battlefields comprise today's National Capital Region of the National Park Service.

National Park Service: National Capital Region

The National Capital Region and the Appalachian LCC

The National Capital Region has been an integral part of the Appalachian LCC Steering Committee from the very beginning, especially in their role on the Executive Committee. In this role, NCR has been a major partner in developing the governance structure, the mission and vision of the Cooperative, and helping to identify the major science needs and research projects to address landscape issues. In addition, the two organizations have been invited to participate in an upcoming Structured Decision Making Workshop on June 2-6, 2014, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. They both submitted a proposal to the National Conservation Training Center for a session to focus on incorporating cultural resources within the LCC Network. The working session would offer an opportunity to identify tools, resources, and approaches common with cultural resources management and research that may not be familiar to the natural resources community. It would also lay out a framework to guide the next steps in integrating cultural resource considerations into the LCC planning agenda. Both organizations saw a critical need in bringing together key representatives of cultural resource management with LCC leadership to begin to engage this community in landscape-level planning and conservation.

National Capital Region Inventory & Monitoring Network

NPS Inventory and Monitoring ImageThe National Capital Region Network (NCRN), is one of 32 I&M networks nationwide. It contains 11 park units in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia that share common natural resources. The NCRN parks are: Antietam National Battlefield, Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, National Capital Parks - East, Prince William Forest Park, Rock Creek Park, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

The NCRN encompasses four distinct physiographic provinces, stretching from east to west through the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge, and the Valley and Ridge provinces. This landscape provides a wide range of resources and ecological niches, yet NCRN parks share many features and challenges. With acreages ranging from 130 (Wolf Trap) to 19,612 (C&O Canal), NCRN parks on average are small, and all are effected by urbanization radiating from Washington, DC in the network's center. Outside of marshes and managed open areas, forests are the dominant vegetation of NCRN parks, making up approximately 74% of landcover. The vast majority of NCRN park land is also part of the Potomac River watershed, the second-largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay—America's largest estuary.

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1100 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington D.C. 20242

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