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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Vegetation Mapping Project - Spatial Vegetation Data

Vegetation Inventory


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The geographic information system (GIS) format spatial data set of vegetation for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SLBE) was created for the National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Inventory Program (VIP). The SLBE covers an area of over 24,000 ha (59,305 acres) and over 28,000 ha (69,190 acres) with the ~400 m surface water jurisdiction into Lake Michigan included. The map classification scheme used to create the vegetation data set is designed to represent local vegetation types at the finest level possible using the National Vegetation Classification Standard (NVCS) Version 2. Physiognomic information was also recorded, including height (woody vegetation), canopy density, and coverage patterns. The vegetation data set was [...]


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The NPS VIP is an effort to classify, describe, and map existing vegetation of national park units. Managed by the NPS Biological Resources Management Division, the NPS VIP provides baseline vegetation information for the NPS Natural Resource I&M Program. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Vegetation Characterization Program lends a cooperative role in the NPS VIP and serves the data sets on the Internet. Vegetation layers and associated information support a wide variety of resource assessment, park management, and planning needs. They also provide structure for framing and answering critical scientific questions about vegetation communities and their relation to environmental processes across the landscape.

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