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Building the United States National Vegetation Classification

Annali di Botanica - Coenology and Plant Ecology

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Abstract

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Vegetation Subcommittee, the Ecological Society of America Panel on Vegetation Classification, and NatureServe have worked together to develop the United States National Vegetation Classification (USNVC). The current standard was accepted in 2008 and fosters consistency across Federal agencies and non-federal partners for the description of each vegetation concept and its hierarchical classification. The USNVC is structured as a dynamic standard, where changes to types at any level may be proposed at any time as new information comes in. But, because much information already exists from previous work, the NVC partners first established methods for screening existing types to determine their acceptability with respect to the 2008 standard. Current efforts include a screening process to assign confidence to Association and Group level descriptions, and a review of the upper three levels of the classification. For the upper levels especially, the expectation is that the review process includes international scientists. Immediate future efforts include the review of remaining levels and the development of a proposal review process.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Building the United States National Vegetation Classification
Series title:
Annali di Botanica - Coenology and Plant Ecology
Volume
2012
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Department of Environmental Biology - University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy
Publisher location:
Rome, Italy
Contributing office(s):
Core Science Analytics and Synthesis
Description:
9 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Annali di Botanica - Coenology and Plant Ecology
First page:
1
Last page:
9
Country:
United States