ROOM: RSCC, F6
The US National Vegetation Classification (USNVC) organizes and describes vegetation types in a hierarchical structure, from very broad global vegetation classes down to local-scale plant associations. The USNVC encompasses all vegetation types occurring in the United States, across the spectrum from cultural to natural types. The classification reflects a long-standing partnership of the Federal Geographic Data Committee, Vegetation Subcommittee, chaired by the U.S. Forest Service, with wide representation from federal agencies, and from non-federal partners – the Ecological Society of America and NatureServe. In this workshop, we will introduce participants to the USNVC – its basic intent and hierarchical structure, current content, and how it is maintained. We will highlight how the USNVC inter-relates with other common forms of ecological classification and mapping. We will orient participants to relevant websites and resources for the NVC user community. We will then highlight common applications of the USNVC in natural resource inventory, assessment, planning, and monitoring. We will then go to the field to see a cross-section of vegetation types as they naturally occur across environmental gradients of the western Great Basin. We will highlight tools for identifying vegetation types along with their characteristic plant species and environmental settings. We will also look at ways to recognize vegetation types along gradients of condition, highlighting indicators one can use to detect and measure vegetation response to environmental stress. Participants should gain an appreciation for the utility of vegetation classification and its many applications to day-to-day decision making by natural resource managers.
Organizers: Pat Comer, Carol Spurrier, David Tart
Supported by: Ecological Society Vegetation Classification Panel