Vegetation Inventory and Map for Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Curecanti National Recreation Area supports semiarid woodland, shrubland, and herbaceous vegetation within mountain and plateau topography deeply dissected by the Gunnison River. The juxtaposition of topography, geology, soils, hydrology and disturbance history results in a greater diversity of plant communities and species here than might be otherwise expected for an area of this size and elevation range.

The Curecanti National Recreation Area 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: September 19, 2018