SDE Feature Class
biota, California, Santa Cruz Island, environment, vegetation
In addition to mapping the floristic composition of the island, AIS has mapped cover density for each of the major plant life forms (conifers, hardwoods and shrubs) associated with the mapped vegetation stand. It is hoped that this will provide a useful recovery-monitoring tool in assessing the increased woody vegetative components since the time grazing-related activities and feral pig damage have stopped. To accommodate some of SCIs serious invasive vegetative issues, every effort was made to delineate non-native stands of Harding grass, fennel, Australian saltbush and eucalyptus. In the future, this map will be used as a baseline for mapping an additional fifty or so invasive species, which cannot be detected through photo interpretation efforts alone.
This dataset contains polygons of homogenous vegetation, delineated generally down to the 1/2 hectare as a minimum mapping unit and describes these polygons using floristic units (typically alliances) as described in the Manual of California published in 1995. Aerial Information Systems, Inc. (AIS) was contracted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to create a vegetation map of Santa Cruz Island (SCI). The study area is approximately 62,000 acres (96 square miles). Santa Cruz Island is divided between TNC and the National Park Service (NPS). TNC owns and manages the western 76% of the island; the eastern 24% is owned and managed by the NPS. Santa Cruz is the largest island off the coast of California. Located between Anacapa and Santa Rosa Islands, it lies from 19-25 miles off the adjacent mainland coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara.
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