The Rangeland Condition Monitoring Assessment and Projection (RCMAP) project has partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to provide annual maps of rangeland vegetation condition across the Western United States from 1985 to present. Annual mapping can assist land managers and scientists with monitoring changes to vegetation composition, evaluating past management practices, targeting future improvements, determining locations of critical wildlife habitat, and assessing landscape health and fragmentation. Impacts of climate variability and long-term change are often gradual and frequently do not present as a land cover change (for example, shrubland to grassland); however, RCMAP fractional vegetation cover data capture these gradual changes.
|Title||Rangeland Condition Monitoring Assessment and Projection (RCMAP)|
|Authors||Matthew B. Rigge|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Fact Sheet|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center|