Vegetation Inventory and Map for Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Trading Post
Bent's Old Fort Trading Post on the Sante Fe Trail

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Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site was established in 1960 to preserve and commemorate an early trading post site located along the Santa Fe Trail on the banks of the Arkansas River in what is now southeastern Colorado. During the period from 1833 to 1849, Bent’s Fort was influential in the westward expansion of the United States into what is now the American southwest. Since the time of its establishment, the site of Bent’s Fort and the surrounding landscapes have undergone many ecological changes.

The Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site vegetation mapping project delivers many geospatial and vegetation data products, including an in-depth project report discussing methods and results, which include descriptions to vegetation associations, field keys to vegetation associations, map classification, and map-class descriptions. The suite of products also includes a database of vegetation plots, verification sites, validation sites, and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; field data sheets; digital aerial imagery; hardcopy and digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation and land cover (map layer), field sites (vegetation plots, verification sites, validation sites, and AA sites), aerial imagery index, project boundary, and metadata.


The products of vegetation mapping projects are stored and managed in the National Park Service's Data Store, a repository for documents and publications relating to park resources. From the highlighted items below, click on the type of information you are looking for.

Last updated: October 16, 2018