The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) is producing a seamless vegetation map of the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The UMESC has been conducting vegetation mapping for the National Park Service (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 (0.1525 m or better) true-color and color infrared digital imagery collected during peak biomass is evaluated using a 3D digitizing platform to classify vegetation at the Alliance and Association level of the National Vegetation Classification System (NVCS) across the entire Barataria Preserve. This project began in 2014 and results will be delivered to the National Park Service in 2017.
Color infrared photograph of a southbound boat in Bayou La Tour in the north end of Barataria Bay.