Surveying & Monitoring
What exactly is surveying and monitoring and what is the purpose? Surveying and monitoring systems are ecological programs designed to assist park managers in developing and understanding the status and trends of resources as a basis for making decisions and working with other agencies and the public for the long-term protection of our ecosystem. Understanding the dynamic nature of the environment mixed with the consequences of human interactions is essential for management decisions aiming at maintaining, enhancing, or restoring the ecological integrity of park ecosystems and to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the ecological threats to these systems.
As a park district that takes pride in providing the best possible experience for its users, CPD also takes great pride and value in providing the best habitat for its inhabitants. Native flora and fauna thrive in healthy, maintained, and functioning ecosystems. As a park system, it is our duty to make sure that our parks are in optimal condition so they can function at a maximum level and sustain as much wildlife as possible. It is imperative to have a Natural Resource Department that is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of land/water within the park system.
CPD has recently created a Natural Resource Department with a Land Manager that is responsible for creating, restoring, and maintaining the habitat found at CPD Parks. These objectives are accomplished by surveying & identifying flora and fauna, establishing monitoring protocols for flora and fauna to create baselines for each park, removing invasive species inhibiting native floral and faunal growth, and re-establishing native habitat to promote proper flora/faunal associations, among others.