The USGS UMESC is producing a seamless vegetation map of the management area for the Natchez Trace Parkway in the southeastern United States. The UMESC has been conducting vegetation mapping for the NPS for over a decade. These highly accurate and highly detailed vegetation maps are used by individual parks to manage lands and conduct research. High-resolution (0.3 m or better) true color and color infrared digital photography collected during peak fall color is used in a three-dimensional digitizing platform to distinguish vegetation at the Alliance and Association level of the National Vegetation Classification System (NVCS) (http://usnvc.org/) across the entire park. The project is ongoing and the project results will be delivered to the NPS in 2016.
Color infrared photograph of the Natchez Trace Parkway as it crosses Fivemile Creek between Jackson and Natchez, Mississippi, showing a diversity of forests in a working agricultural landscape.