Parks Resource Stewardship Mission/Objectives
Resource Stewardship is a park service section of Field Operations, based in the Denver Office. We are devoted to assisting park staff with biological sustainability advice, performing resource inventories, advising on the planning process and providing appropriate tools to effectively conserve natural resources.
- To provide direction for the protection of the natural resources
- To provide park staff with appropriate tools and updated information to effectively conserve natural resources
Stewardship Planning Process Objectives
- Compile existing resource information and collect field data on boundaries, wildlife, soils, water resources, geologic and paleontologic resources, wetlands and vegetation (including rare plants and noxious weeds) as a comprehensive resource knowledge base.
- Summarize existing conditions of the natural resources within the park and suggest a desired future condition for each resource.
- Identify specific impacts, influences and threats to the natural resources.
- Provide a prioritized set of management recommendations and suggestions for park staff, consultants or other agencies, to do specific work, over a specified period.
- Suggest specific stewardship goals and objectives to apply over the next five years, as well as a zoning scheme for the park based on ecological sensitivity. Objectives will be incorporated into the park's next general management plan to ensure protection of resources.
- Provide implementation advice for the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) as a planning and monitoring tool.
- Train park staff in the use of GIS and install a GIS program on one of the park's computers.