Species of Concern
"Species of Concern" are those plants and animals that have small, declining, or geographically limited populations, or that are officially recognized by states or the federal Endangered Species Act as being threatened or endangered. These species of concern are vulnerable to various environmental changes, from invasions of exotic species to our changing climate. The National Park Service strives to learn more about these species using with tools such as inventories and long-term monitoring projects. Armed with the information gathered, national parks can then make educated management decisions to prevent declines in already fragile populations within their boundaries.