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Core Science Analytics and Synthesis - USGS-NPS Vegetation Characterization Program

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Products of the USGS-NPS Vegetation Characterization Program
Sample of a digital vegetation map.
Sample of a digital vegetation map.

Using a set of standards and flexible protocols, program scientists and technician are developing consistent and scalable vegetation information products for all of the participating National park units. Core products for each completed inventory for an individual park include a report, spatial vegetation and boundary data, and related metadata.

A set of products for individual project can contain the following elements of spatial data and vegetation information:

  • Aerial photography
  • Vegetation classification
  • Map classification description and key
  • Dichotomous field key of vegetation classes
  • Formal description for each vegetation class
  • Field data in database format
  • Field Plots spatial data
  • Vegetation spatial data
  • Geodatabase for all spatial data
  • Boundary spatial data
  • Accuracy assessment spatial data
  • Metadata for spatial databases
  • Ground photos of vegetation classes
  • Graphics for vegetation maps, for field plots, accuracy assessment point, aerial photography

This section offers access to products from parks, where inventory projects had been completed. If the park of your interest is not listed here, the inventory might not have been completed in the park yet, or the project might have been completed recently and the data is coming soon. You can check the project status of the participating parks on the Status page.

Select a state to see what parks in the state have completed projects and data available

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If you are interested in vegetation inventory projects from a specific park, pick a letter, with which the name of the park starts to see a list of parks with completed projects. If the park of your interest is not on the list, try to locate it on the Status page.

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Select a theme of interest to see a list of parks, which produced this type of products in the result of their completed vegetation inventories.