Vegetation Inventory and Map for Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Bighorn Lake
Bighorn Lake looking up at the walls of the canyon

NPS Photo


Given Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area's location at the intersection of the Central Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and Wyoming Basin ecoregions, as well as its diverse geology and topography, the park supports a wide array of dynamic vegetation communities.

The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area 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