Your Guide to Inventorying Natural and Cultural Vegetation Communities

The National Vegetation Classification provides a common language for the effective management and conservation of plant communities and can help support a wide variety management applications. For example:

  • Modeling and mapping wildlife habitat
  • Enhancing natural resource conservation efforts – choosing the best for reserves and wildlife areas
  • Fire management planning and modeling
  • Studying patterns of vegetation change over time due to climate change and other causes
  • Managing invasive species
  • Land inventory and mapping programs (public and private)
  • Setting national vegetation policies (e.g., biofuels, carbon markets, ecosystem services)