Natural Resource Publications Management (NRPM)

This site provides information about the Natural Resource Reports (NRR), Natural Resource Data Series (NRDS), and the legacy Natural Resource Technical Reports (NRTR) report series.

These series are intended for reports produced by Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) staff that are not published in other official outlets or professional journals.

To submit a report for publication, please review the procedures for submitting new reports.

About The Report Series

Natural Resource Report (NRR) series (see list of reports): This series is intended for comprehensive information and analysis about natural resources and related topics concerning lands managed by the National Park Service. The series supports the advancement of science, informed decision-making, and the achievement of the National Park Service mission. The series also provides a forum for presenting lengthy results that may not be accepted by publications with page limitations.

Any peer reviewed report concerning natural resources on lands managed NPS may be published in the NRR series. Examples include:

  • Reports that present quantifiable data, data analysis, and interpretive discussion concerning those results, including reports on inventories, monitoring, and other research studies
  • Procedural reports such as protocols or standard operating procedures
  • Planning reports such as monitoring or data management plans
  • Research study reports.
  • Any report with a significant focus on NPS policy or land management issues such as natural resource condition assessments or land management reports.

Natural Resource Data Series (NRDS) (see list of reports): This is a non-scholarly series intended for the timely release of basic data sets and data summaries. Data reported in the NRDS are limited to those collected, processed (undergone quality assurance and quality control procedures), and analyzed following methods prescribed in peer-reviewed and published NPS Inventory & Monitoring protocols. In most cases, data reported in the NRDS are a subset of larger-scale or longer-term periods of record and have not undergone complete trend or spatial analyses.

For more info see NRDS guidance and tips.

Examples of NRDS reports include:

  • Periodic/annual data summary reports of certified or approved data collected under long-term monitoring efforts.
  • Preliminary data summary reports used to release and document provisional data for use by NPS or partners prior to completion of all QA/QC as specified in a protocol's Quality Assurance Plan.

Natural Resource Technical Report (NRTR) series — discontinued in 2014 (see list of reports): This series was used for reporting the results of studies in the physical, biological, and social sciences for both the advancement of science and the achievement of the National Park Service mission. Because of the overlap in the scope of this series and the NRR series, the two were merged at the end of 2014.


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