National Park Service

North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN)

Vegetation Mapping

Vegetation Mapping Reports & Briefs

Vegetation Maps

All Vegetation Mapping Products

Draft Vegetation map, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve Draft Vegetation map, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the Fort Draft Vegetation map, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Water Resources Center Vegetation map, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Draft Vegetation map, Mount Rainier National Park Draft vegetation map, Olympic National Park Vegetation map, San Juan Island National Historical Park, American Camp Vegetation map, San Juan Island National Historical Park, English Camp

Background

The Vegetation Mapping Inventory is an effort by the National Park Service (NPS) to classify, describe, and map detailed vegetation communities in more than 270 national park units across the United States. The primary objective of the Vegetation Mapping Inventory is to produce high-quality, standardized maps and associated data sets of vegetation and other land-cover occurring within parks. This information fills and complements a wide variety of resource assessment, park management, and conservation needs. The vegetation maps are produced at a 1:24,000 scale with a minimum mapping unit of 0.5 hectare and a thematic accuracy of 80%.

Vegetation mapping of national parks is being accomplished by the NPS in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, NatureServe, and other agencies and private entities. See the Vegetation Mapping Inventory for additional information.

Implementation in the North Coast and Cascades Network

As part of this national effort to develop baseline information on the status of existing natural resources, the NPS is developing vegetation maps for all the national park units in the North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN). The NCCN parks include large, diverse, and spectacular wilderness areas containing a wide range of vegetation types, from coastal bogs, through some of highest quality conifer forests remaining in the world, to spectacular alpine habitats. The NCCN parks also include San Juan Island National Historical Park (SAJH), and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (EBLA), and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (FOVA), parks which feature historical viewsheds and landscapes highly modified by current human use.

NCCN has developed vegetation maps for the parks in partnership with the Washington Natural Heritage Program (WNHP), which is a division of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and with the Institute for Natural Resources (INR), which is based out of Portland State University.

Final products from the vegetation inventory are not just a map and a report, but an entire library of vegetation data and descriptive information. In addition to the original plot data, users can read detailed descriptions of every plant association, ecological system, and map class in a park, as well as look at photographs of what the vegetation looks like on the ground. Because the map exists in a digital environment, the available information can be organized and displayed in dozens of different ways, new information can be added, and data from other projects can be layered over the map. The vegetation maps produced during this inventory can be used by a wide range of public entities for a variety of applications including managing natural resources, conducting research, identifying sensitive or threatened habitats, and creating educational programs. They will also serve as baseline documents of current vegetation to evaluate change of these valuable public resources over time.

Status of final products

  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park — complete
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park — complete
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve — complete in early 2016
  • Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks — draft maps available now, MORA and OLYM final products available 2017
  • North Cascades National Park — field sampling for the accuracy assessment will occur in 2016 with final products available in 2018

For more information about NCCN vegetation mapping or to request draft products please contact Catharine Copass.

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