Vegetation Inventory and Map for Cedar Breaks National Monument

Wildflower Meadow below Brian's Head Peak

NPS Photo


The vegetation of the Cedar Breaks National Monument mapping project area is moderately diverse. Nine of the plant communities are shrubland types (five riparian), 41 are forest or woodland types (four riparian), and 21 are herbaceous vegetation types (fifteen wetland). Quaking aspen and blue spruce forest types are the most frequent vegetation associations, accounting for 10 and 7 associations, respectively, although two subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce associations accounted for most of the forested acreage in the monument.

The Cedar Breaks National Monument Vegetation Inventory 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, and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; digital aerial imagery; digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation, field sites (vegetation plots, and AA sites), aerial imagery, 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