Vegetation Mapping

Vegetation Mapping
Vegetation mapping technicians at a workstation doing photo-interpretation.

NPS Photo/Pablo Ruiz

The Vegetation Mapping Inventory is an effort by the National Park Service to classify, describe, and map detailed vegetation communities in more than 270 national park units across the United States.

The primary objective of the Vegetation Mapping Inventory is to produce high-quality, standardized maps and associated data sets of vegetation and other land-cover occurring within parks. This information fills and complements a wide variety of resource assessment, park management, and conservation needs.

Species and vegetation communities vary from park to park, and park managers, researchers, and ecologists all need and use this information. It helps them maintain plant biodiversity; better understand wildlife habitat; and manage challenges such as exotic species, insect outbreaks and diseases, and wildland fires.

To date, the South Florida/Caribbean Network has completed vegetation maps for Biscayne National Park, Buck Island Reef National Monument, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. The network is currently working on vegetation maps for Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, and Virgin Islands National Park.

Vegetation Mapping publications

Find inventory reports below.

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Watch this video to learn about the vital role interns at the South Florida/Caribbean Network play in completing the vegetation maps for Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.

Last updated: March 30, 2021