Southern Colorado Plateau Vegetation Mapping
Project Status: In Progress
Vegetation mapping projects describe, classify, and map the plant communities in the national parks. These descriptions of plant communities and the maps of their spatial distribution serve as tools for making resource management decisions and for increasing the scientific understanding of plant species and communities in the broader region.
In 2002, as part of the larger USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program, the Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN) embarked upon a study of the distribution of vegetation types across network parks. The SCPN vegetation mapping initiative started with the acquisition of aerial imagery in 2002. By 2003, field studies at four parks in the network were underway, with eight additional vegetation mapping projects initiated between 2004 and 2006. The last of these projects – the vegetation mapping project at El Malpais was completed in 2013.
Vegetation maps for the three Flagstaff monuments were completed through an earlier effort. The staffs of Grand Canyon NP and Glen Canyon NRA are currently working with the NPS Vegetation Mapping Program to complete vegetation mapping for their parks.