When the U.S. National Park Service is faced with a big challenge-a planned event like the Presidential inauguration, or an unplanned incident like Hurricane Katrina–the NPS incident management system swings into action.
Today’s bioblitz in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is an enormous event that required meticulous planning and logistics to coordinate thousands of people and as many different needs of specialized teams of scientists and volunteers.
Commanding the NPS Incident Management Team overseeing the seamless coordination of the bioblitz is Bryce Canyon Park Superintendent Eddie Lopez.
Lopez heads a six-person team that has come from different parts of the National Park system to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to assist their colleagues who are directly responsible for management of the park. They monitor all aspects of the bioblitz from a special mobile command post.
Lopez talks about the work of the Incident Management Team in this video interview:
Video by David Braun