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General classification handbook for floodplain vegetation in large river systems

Techniques and Methods 2-A1

Prepared in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program, Long Term Resource Monitoring element
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DOI: 10.3133/tm2A1

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Abstract

This handbook describes the General Wetland Vegetation Classification System developed as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program, Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) element. The UMRR is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The classification system consists of 31 general map classes and has been used to create systemic vegetation data layers throughout the diverse Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS), which includes the commercially navigable reaches of the Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the north to Cairo, Illinois, in the south, the Illinois River, and navigable portions of the Kaskaskia, Black, St. Croix, and Minnesota Rivers. In addition, this handbook describes the evolution of the General Wetland Vegetation Classification System, discusses the process of creating a vegetation data layer, and describes each of the 31 map classes in detail. The handbook also acts as a pictorial guide to each of the map classes as they may appear in the field, as well as on color-infrared imagery. This version is an update to the original handbook published in 2004.

Suggested Citation

Dieck, J.J., Ruhser, Janis, Hoy, Erin, and Robinson, L.R., 2015, General classification handbook for floodplain vegetation in large river systems (ver. 2.0, November 2015): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 2, chap. A1, 51 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm2A1.

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

ISSN: 2328-7047 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Contents
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Development of the Classification System
  • Relation to Other Classification Systems
  • Discussion
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Using the General Wetland Vegetation Classification System To Describe and Monitor Vegetation
  • Appendix 2. General Wetland Vegetation Classification System
  • Appendix 3. Classification Key for the General Wetland Vegetation Classification System
  • Appendix 4. Representative Genera and Species and the Map Classes With Which They Are Commonly Associated
  • Appendix 5. Example Accuracy Assessment Contingency Table

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
General classification handbook for floodplain vegetation in large river systems
Series title:
Techniques and Methods
Series number:
2-A1
DOI:
10.3133/tm2A1
Edition:
Version 1.0: Originally posted August 2004; Version 2.0: December 2015
Year Published:
2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
vii, 51 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
Section A: Biological science in Book 2: Collection of environmental data
Public Comments:
This report is Chapter 1 of Section A: Biological science in Book 2 Collection of Environmental Data.
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y