Friday, August 20, 2010

Vegetation Characterization Products Now Available for Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

USGS-National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Characterization Program (VCP) documentation for Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site has been completed and is available on the VCP Web site. Products include project report - photointerpretation key, vegetation descriptions, vegetation key, and photos of map class; field data - graphic of field observations, field observation database, physical descriptive for observations points, and species list for observations points; geospatial vegetation information - graphics of vegetation communities, geodatabase, and observation photos; metadata, and a link to NPS information about Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. The goal of the VCP is to classify and map the vegetation communities of National Parks that have a natural resource component. Complete documentation is currently available for eighty-eight park units and two U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge units. The VCP is managed by the USGS Center for Biological Informatics in cooperation with the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program. The USGS Vegetation Characterization effort includes the management and upkeep of the VCP protocols, Web-based access to the standards, and the Web-based access to NPS Vegetation Characterization program finished products.

(Photo: Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, courtesy of the USGS Vegetation Characterization website.)

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