Vegetation Inventory and Map for Big Hole National Battlefield

Snake Creek
Snake Creek looking south at Bear Paw Battlefied

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Big Hole National Battlefield is located in southeast Montana near the town of Wisdom. Established in 1910 and expanded over the years the 665 acre site preserves and memorializes the tragic battle on August 9-10, 1877 between the U.S. Army, some Montana volunteers, and the Nez Perce people. The battle was part of a five-month conflict between the Nez Perce and the U.S. Army that culminated with the Nez Perce surrender on October 4, 1877. Today the National Park Service manages the sight of the battle in the Big Hole Valley next to the North Fork of the Big Hole River.

The Big Hole National Battlefield 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