Vegetation Mapping and the National Park Service

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In 2011, the USGS worked closely with ecologists from NPS and NatureServe to produce detailed vegetation datasets and mapping products for the NPS Vegetation Inventory Program. The NPS uses these data to fill and complement a wide variety of resource assessment, management, and conservation needs. Using high resolution digital imagery (12 inch per pixel or better) the USGS helped map vegetation for over 170,000 acres in seven national parks, riverways, and scenic trails. Preliminary plans for mapping 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park is underway.