Monday, September 19, 2011

Vegetation Characterization Products Now Available for Gauley River National Recreation Area

Gauley River
National Recreation Area
USGS-National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Characterization Program (VCP) documentation for Gauley River National Recreation Area has been completed and is available on the VCP Web site. Gauley River National Recreation Area products include aerial photography - graphic of orthophoto mosaic,spatial orthophoto data, and flight line index; project report - photointerpretation key, vegetation descriptions, vegetation key, photos of map class, and accuracy assessment; field data - graphic of field plots, field database, physical descriptive for plots, species list for plots, and plot photos; geospatial vegetation information - graphic of vegetation communities and geodatabase; accuracy assessment information - graphic of accuracy assessment points, contingency matrix, and AA photos;  metadata, and a link to NPS information about Gauley River National Recreation Area. 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 one hundred eighteen park units and two U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge units. The VCP is managed by theUSGS 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.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vegetation Characterization Products Now Available for Cedar Breaks National Monument

Photo: Cedar Breaks
National Monument
USGS-National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Characterization Program (VCP) documentation for Cedar Breaks National Monument has been completed and is available on the VCP Web site. Cedar Breaks National Monument products include aerial photography - graphic of orthophoto mosaic, spatial orthophoto data, and flightline index; project report - photointerpretation key, vegetation descriptions, vegetation key, photos of map class, and accuracy assessment; field data - graphic of field plots, field database, physical descriptive for plots, species list for plots, and plot and AA photos; geospatial vegetation information - graphic of vegetation communities and geodatabase; accuracy assessment information - graphic of accuracy assessment points, and contingency matrix;  metadata, and a link to NPS information about Cedar Breaks National Monument. 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 one hundred seventeen 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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vegetation Characterization Products Now Available for Bandelier National Park

Photo:

Bandelier National Park

USGS-National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Characterization Program (VCP) documentation for Bandelier National Park has been completed and is available on the VCP Web site. Bandelier National Park products include aerial photography - graphic of orthophoto mosaic, and spatial orthophoto data; project report - photointerpretation key, vegetation descriptions, vegetation key, photos of map class, and accuracy assessment; field data - graphic of field plots, field database, physical descriptive for plots, species list for plots, and plot photos; geospatial vegetation information - graphic of vegetation communities and geodatabase; accuracy assessment information - graphic of accuracy assessment points, contingency matrix, and AA photos;  metadata, and a link to NPS information about Bandelier National Park. 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 one hundred sixteen 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.

Friday, August 5, 2011

FGDC Vegetation Subcommittee to be Represented at ESA Meeting

The Vegetation Subcommittee of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) will be well represented at this year’s Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting.  The subcommittee responsible for the implementation of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is actively engaged in a variety of activities at this year’s annual meeting, which will be held in Austin, TX, from August 6-12.  A diversity of partners work together to implement the NVC, including the U.S. Forest Service, USGS, NatureServe, the Vegetation Classification Panel of the Ecological Society, and all the member agencies represented on the subcommittee.  The meeting will include an NVC related field trip to Pedernales Falls State Park, a vegetation classification workshop, an organized oral session specific to use of the NVC in assessments, and an NVC booth sponsored by the ESA Vegetation Classification Panel. Dr. Alexa McKerrow, NVC implementation manager, as well as FGDC and ESA representatives will be available throughout the week to discuss the new standard and the work of the subcommittee.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vegetation Characterization Products Now Available for Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave
National Park

USGS-National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Characterization Program (VCP) documentation for Mammoth Cave National Park has been completed and is available on the VCP Web site. Mammoth Cave National Park products include aerial photography - graphic of orthophoto mosaic, and flight line index; project report - vegetation description and key, Cumberland-Piedmont network report - photointerpretation, GIS operations; accuracy assessment report - accuracy assessment methods and results; field data - graphic of field plots, field plots database, physical descriptive for plots, species list for plots, and plot and AA photos; geospatial vegetation information - graphics of vegetation communities, geodatabase ; accuracy assessment information - graphic of accuracy assessment points, and contingency matrix; metadata, and a link to NPS information about Mammoth Cave National Park. 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 one hundred fifteen 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.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) to be Featured in The Wildlife Professional

On July 22, Dr. Gerald “Stinger” Guala, Director of Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), was interviewed by a writer-reporter from The Wildlife Professional about ITIS and its relevance to wildlife professionals. ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. The article will also feature others who can comment on the value of ITIS to their work. ITIS is one of the core components of the USGS Biological Informatics Program. The Wildlife Professional is distributed to all members of The Wildlife Society, whose members specialize in the management, conservation, and study of wildlife populations and habitats.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Access Newsletter Goes Electronic

The USGS Biological Informatics Program published its final print issue of the Access newsletter for Spring 2011 and created its first electronic edition, now emanating from USGS Core Science Systems. Starting this summer, Access will be exclusively electronic.  To subscribe to the new Access, send your e-mail address to ron_sepic@usgs.gov.

To see the new Access newsletter, go to www.usgs.gov/core_science_systems/access.  The online version contains the full-text for all of the Spring 2011 issue's articles.

Benefits of the new Access include: broader coverage (addresses data management issues for biology and many other disciplines); more in-depth articles; four-color graphics; issues to be searchable through the award-winning search engine, Raptor.  Access articles are now available through Facebook, Twitter, and via RSS feed; and have only a tiny carbon footprint. Don't miss an issue of the new Access newsletter!