Vegetation - Mojave Desert for DRECP - Final [735]

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vegetation, Mojave Desert, Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, vegetation classification, Inyo County, Kern County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Imperial County


Summary

The purpose of the vegetation map is to assist with the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). This map will provide planners with detailed information to help identify high quality habitat and rare communities. Although the primary purpose of the map is to document vegetation communities, it also provides structural data such as herbaceous, shrub and tree cover, and information about the level of disturbance within the vegetation stand. These are important habitat factors for species covered in the DRECP, including the Mojave Ground Squirrel and Desert Tortoise. Please read the attribute descriptions for caveats.

Description

Aerial Information Systems (AIS) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) with assistance from the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of portions of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts in California. Approximately six million acres spanning desert portions of Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties were mapped between 2011 and 2012. In addition, mapping of 95,981acres within a portion of Rice and Vidal Valleys in the Colorado Desert portion of the Sonoran Desert was completed by AIS in 2013 2014. The maps were primarily produced to support the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) by helping planners more accurately identify high quality habitat and rare communities as they consider renewable energy sources and conservation opportunities. Previous vegetation maps of the area were either large scale and generalized or they were detailed but covered a limited extent. Between 2014 and 2016, as an extension to supplement those mapping efforts, AIS was tasked to create a fine scale vegetation map of 2,195,415 acres of desert in Inyo, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties in southern California. Areas mapped include the eastern and central portions of the Mojave Desert as well as the Lower Colorado Valley, also referred to as the Colorado Desert, and the Arizona Upland subdivisions of the Sonoran Desert.

The vegetation classification follows Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and National Vegetation Classification Standards (NVCS). The classification is based on previous survey and classification work. The map was produced applying heads-up digitizing techniques using a base of true-color and color infrared 2010 or 2014 one-meter National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery in conjunction with ancillary data and imagery sources. Map polygons were assessed for Vegetation Type, Percent Cover, Exotics, Development Disturbance, and other attributes. The minimum mapping unit (MMU) is 10 acres; exceptions are made for wetlands and certain wash types (which were mapped to a one or five acre MMU) and areas characterized as Land Use polygons (which were mapped to a 2.5 acre MMU). Field reconnaissance and accuracy assessment enhanced map quality. A total of 68,992 map polygons representing 154 vegetation map classes were developed.

For detailed information please refer to the following reports:

Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Glass, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2013. 2013 California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.

Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP). 2013. 2013 California desert vegetation map and accuracy assessment in support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento, CA.

Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.

Credits

Data was produced by Aerial Information Systems, CDFW's Biogeographic Data Branch and the University of California, Riverside Center for Conservation Biology.

Use limitations

CDFW appreciates learning how our datasets are being used so that we can leverage support for classifying and mapping new areas and let users know of any updates. Please contact Diana Hickson by email Diana.Hickson@wildlife.ca.gove or by phone at (916) 327-5956.

Extent

West -118.822933 East -114.014171
North 35.943367 South 32.626759

Scale Range
Maximum (zoomed in) 1:5,000
Minimum (zoomed out) 1:150,000,000

ArcGIS Metadata

Topics and Keywords

Themes or categories of the resource biota, environment


* Content type Downloadable Data
Export to FGDC CSDGM XML format as Resource Description No

Place keywords Inyo County, Kern County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Imperial County

Theme keywords vegetation, Mojave Desert, Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, vegetation classification, photo interpretation, renewble energy, desert

Theme keywords biota, environment, ImageryBaseMapsEarthCover

Thesaurus
Title ISO 19115 Category




Citation

Title Vegetation - Mojave Desert for DRECP - Final [735]
Publication date 2017-12-0100:00:00


Presentation formats * digital map


Other citation details
Reports link: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=62826 http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=62825 https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=131751


Citation Contacts

Responsible party
Organization's name California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact's role originator


Responsible party
Individual's name Debbie Johnson
Organization's name Aerial Information Systems, Inc.
Contact's position General Manager
Contact's role point of contact


Responsible party
Individual's name Todd Keeler-Wolf
Organization's name California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact's position Senior Vegetation Ecologist
Contact's role point of contact


Contact information
Phone
Voice (916) 324-6857

Address
Type
e-mail address Todd.Keeler-Wolf@wildlife.ca.gov



Resource Details

Dataset languages * English(UNITED STATES)
Dataset character set utf8 - 8 bit UCS Transfer Format


Status on-going
Spatial representation type * vector


Supplemental information
Classification The map classification is based largely on work done in the area for previous and ongoing projects: Vegetation Mapping of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Environs (Keeler-Wolf et al. 1998), the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Programs Vegetation Database (Thomas et al. 2004), Vegetation of Joshua Tree National Park (unpublished draft), and Vegetation Classification and Mapping at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park (in progress). VegCAMP collected an additional 98 Rapid Assessment vegetation field surveys in 2011 using the field form and protocol in Appendix A. Additional mapping classes are based on those 98 unclassified surveys; some of these are considered provisional until better understood (for example, the Ericameria cooperi Provisional Alliance). Types from all of these sources were compiled and placed within the NVCS hierarchy as interpreted by VegCAMP in March of 2011. See Appendices B and C for the classification hierarchy and field key to vegetation types, respectively. Delineation Rules Lines are drawn both to distinguish between types (MapUnits) and to indicate vegetation cover breaks within a type. The following minimum mapping units are observed while making these delineations: 1 acre for wetlands and certain wash types, 2.5 acres for areas characterized as human land use, and 10 acres for all other polygons. An additional guideline establishes the approximate minimum width of a polygon: washes and riparian stands must be 90 ft. wide and upland vegetation must be 330 ft. wide. The appropriate MMUs must still be observed. This guideline isn't meant to exclude polygons where a small section falls below the minimum width, as long as the greater portion of the polygon meets the stated criteria. Land use, including towns, mining, agriculture, and individual settlements, was handled using a special set of rules. These were designed to separate larger urban tracts as a whole, and to maintain the ability to have a vegetation type on a lightly used or re-vegetating area. Reconnaissance Between February 2011 and March 2012, AIS and VegCAMP staff conducted field trips throughout the mapping area with 1-2 crews per trip to perform reconnaissance of vegetation types. This reconnaissance allowed better matching of the vegetation with the signatures seen on the imagery. Dr. Todd Keeler-Wolf of VegCAMP accompanied AIS on all but one of their trips and thus assured better calibration among reconnaissance teams. Additionally, California Native Plant Society (CNPS) staff attended two of the reconnaissance trips to better understand the classification in the area for which they were contracted to conduct an accuracy assessment of the map (discussed below). During reconnaissance, crews traversed the study areas in vehicles, stopping to assess the vegetation types at various points. GPS points were taken and observations were recorded for vegetation type and cover at that point. Observations were also made for vegetation seen at a distance, with the point of observation determined using a compass and laser rangefinder. Points were frequently taken to mark the transition from one vegetation type to another, to help the photointerpreter determine the location of the edges of stands. Sometimes one observation contained information about two or more stands, and other times the same stand was assessed in multiple places. Approximately 6600 reconnaissance observations were made. See Menke et al. (2013) for details on AISs reconnaissance trips and a map of the locations of all reconnaissance points. The form used by VegCAMP staff during reconnaissance surveys can be found in Appendix E. Accuracy Assessment From October 2011 through December 2012, the accuracy of mapped polygons was assessed at 3,078 point locations in the field throughout the mapping area; these are herein referred to as AAPs. The AAPs were stand-based, that is, both the type and the extent of the polygon were evaluated when possible. When a mapped polygon could be divided due to the presence of multiple types within the given MMU standards, an assessment was done for each type. All of the cover values and disturbance attributes except roadedness were assessed when possible. In the office, data from the field AAP forms were entered into an Access database that allowed the vegetation type recorded by the photointerpreter (PI) to be scored using the field surveys. Cover and disturbance attributes were not scored, but were provided as feedback to the PIs. If the field crews could not identify the vegetation type based on the field key, senior VegCAMP or CNPS staff assigned the correct type, when possible, based on the species covers recorded, any additional notes taken by the field crews, and field photos. All field calls were reviewed and a "Final call" was recorded in the database when possible. A fuzzy logic method was used to score each AAP, rather than simply denoting whether a sample was correct or incorrect (Gopal and Woodcock 1994; Congalton and Green 1999; Foody 2002; Hagen 2003; Metzler and Sader 2005). Each field-verified polygon was scored according to a set of decision rules, with a total of 5 possible points for each. Scores were summed for each vegetation type, then divided by the total possible score and multiplied by 100 for a percent accuracy. The scores were provided back to AIS or the VegCAMP mapper after each Module was completed so that specific and systematic errors could be corrected. This modular approach increased the final accuracy of the map product beyond the scores reported here. The overall accuracy assessment rating for the final vegetation map was 84.59 percent. The complete report for this dataset is available at: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=62825 . This report covers the project purpose, intended map uses, and accuracy assessment of the map as conducted by VegCAMP and the California Native Plant Society. A separate report by AIS (Menke et al. 2013) discusses the ecological setting in the mapping area and provides a thorough discussion of mapping standards and methods. The complete report is available here: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=62826 . Their report also includes descriptions, photointerpretation signatures, distributions, elevation ranges, and ground photos of the vegetation types mapped. 2014 Update This update included an additional 95,980 mapped acres in the Rice Valley. The Rice Valley addition was completed by AIS in 2013-2014 using the same vegetation classification and delineation rules as the original map. The map was produced using heads up digitizing on a base of true-color and color infrared 2010 1-meter National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery with supplemental imagery from ESRI ArcGIS Online World Imagery. Accuracy assessments were done on the Rice Valley addition by CDFW staff in March 2014, with a resulting accuracy assessment score of 96 percent. 2016 Update This update includes an additional 2,195,415 mapped acres of desert in Inyo, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties in southern California. The map was completed by AIS between 2014 and 2016 using the same vegetation classification and delineation rules as the original map. The map was produced applying headsup digitizing techniques using a base of 2014 truecolor and color infrared onemeter National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery in conjunction with ancillary data and imagery sources. Field reconnaissance and accuracy assessment enhanced map quality. A total of 88 vegetation classes were mapped. The overall accuracy assessment rating for the final vegetation map was 91.90 percent. The complete report for the 2016 update is available at: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=131751. 2017 Update This update includes additional mapped acres of the Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains Conservation Area in the Coachella Valley of Riverside County. The map was completed by the University of California, Riverside Center for Conservation Biology in 2015 for the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The classification is based on previous survey and classification work done by CDFW's Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program and AIS for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, and by the National Park Service for Joshua Tree National Park. The map was produced by applying headsup digitizing techniques using a base of truecolor and color infrared 2013 six-inch imagery from the National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) and local flights provided by the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission. The Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains vegetation map was edgematched to the larger DRECP vegetation map by VegCAMP staff. As a result, some polygons in the original Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains map were assigned new vegetation types. The Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains vegetation map was mapped to both the alliance and association levels. To conform to the larger DRECP map (which was mapped at the alliance level) all associations were translated to alliances. The original Mecca Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains Vegetation Map is available on BIOS (https://map.dfg.ca.gov/bios/) The complete report for the Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains Vegetation Map is available at: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=138028.
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Credits
Data was produced by Aerial Information Systems, CDFW's Biogeographic Data Branch and the University of California, Riverside Center for Conservation Biology.
ArcGIS item properties
* Name Vegetation - Mojave Desert for DRECP - Final [ds735]
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Extents

Extent
Description
The original 2011-2012 study area was made up of three subareas (1, 2, and 3), in portions of the western and central Mojave Desert, and the Colorado Desert. The 2014-2016 extension study area is composed of three subareas (4, 5, and 6) grouped together from nine distinct units. They cover a total of 2,195,415 acres, extending over portions of the central and eastern Mojave Desert and the western section of the Sonoran Desert that includes the Colorado Desert and Arizona Upland subdivisions of the Sonoran Desert.
Geographic extent
Bounding rectangle
Extent type Extent used for searching
* West longitude -118.822933
* East longitude -114.014171
* North latitude 35.943367
* South latitude 32.626759
* Extent contains the resource Yes

Extent in the item's coordinate system
* West longitude 110434.898500
* East longitude 540050.099400
* South latitude -581981.876300
* North latitude -229694.609400
* Extent contains the resource Yes

Resource Points of Contact

Point of contact
Individual's name Debbie Johnson
Organization's name Aerial Information Systems, Inc.
Contact's position General Manager
Contact's role originator


Point of contact
Individual's name Todd Keeler-Wolf
Organization's name California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact's position Senior Vegetation Ecologist
Contact's role point of contact


Contact information
Phone
Voice (916) 324-6857

Address
Type
e-mail address Todd.Keeler-Wolf@wildlife.ca.gov



Resource Maintenance

Resource maintenance
Update frequency as needed


Resource Constraints

Constraints
Limitations of use

CDFW appreciates learning how our datasets are being used so that we can leverage support for classifying and mapping new areas and let users know of any updates. Please contact Diana Hickson by email Diana.Hickson@wildlife.ca.gove or by phone at (916) 327-5956.


Spatial Reference

ArcGIS coordinate system
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Spatial Data Properties

Vector
* Level of topology for this dataset geometry only


Geometric objects
Feature class name DS0735_20180129
* Object type composite
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ArcGIS Feature Class Properties
Feature class name DS0735_20180129
* Feature type Simple
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* Feature count 0
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Geoprocessing history

Process
Date 2018-01-2914:35:38
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Command issued
Include in lineage when exporting metadata No


Process
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Command issued
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Distribution

Distributor
Contact information
Individual's name Todd Keeler-Wolf
Organization's name California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact's position Senior Vegetation Ecologist
Contact's role point of contact


Contact information
Phone
Voice (916) 324-6857

Address
Type
e-mail address Todd.Keeler-Wolf@wildlife.ca.gov



Transfer options
Online source
Location https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Data/BIOS
Function performed information

Online source
Location ftp://ftp.wildlife.ca.gov/BDB/GIS/BIOS/Public_Datasets/700_799/ds735.zip
Function performed download



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Fields

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Field OBJECTID
* Alias OBJECTID
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* Field description
Internal feature number.
* Description source
Esri
* Description of values
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.




Field SHAPE
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* Field description
Feature geometry.
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Esri
* Description of values
Coordinates defining the features.




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Field description
The standardized name of the vegetation description used in the 2008 National Vegetation Classification System (see http://usnvc.org/) . Since the NVCS does not have categories for human land use or otherwise unvegetated land, those descriptions were drawn from the California Wildlife Habitat Relationship.
Description source
http://usnvc.org/


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Field description
The standardized level of the vegetation description used in the 2008 National Vegetation Classification System (see http://usnvc.org/) .
Description source
http://usnvc.org/


Field MapClass
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Field description
The finest level of vegetation type mapped (alliance, association, group or macrogroup); or land use for polygons that are not natural vegetation, per the mapping classification. Referred to as Map Unit in the mapping report.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.


Field MapClassCode
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Field description
The code for a vegetation alliance or group or an unvegetated type like playa; or a code for a land use for polygons that are not natural vegetation (please see the classification list and key). Referred to as Map Unit in the mapping report.
Description source
https://nrmsecure.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=47996 and Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
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Description Arctostaphylos glauca
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5414
Description Lycium andersonii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6118
Description Peucephyllum schottii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6113
Description Mud Hills sparsely vegetated ephemeral herbs
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2115
Description Adenostoma fasciculatum - Salvia mellifera
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2332
Description Bromus rubens - Schismus (arabicus, barbatus)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1116
Description Aesculus californica
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2313
Description Lasthenia californica - Plantago erecta - Vulpia microstachys
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2210
Description Central & south coastal California seral scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3721
Description Allenrolfea occidentalis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4222
Description Prosopis glandulosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6121
Description Dicoria canescens - Abronia villosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9803
Description Small Earthen-dammed Ponds & Naturally Occurring Lakes
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5211
Description Encelia (actoni, virginensis)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6115
Description Massive sparsely vegetated rock outcrop
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1110
Description California broadleaf forest & woodland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4122
Description Pleuraphis rigida Alliance
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1121
Description Pinus sabiniana
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9801
Description Perennial Stream Channel
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1431
Description Arundo donax
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5432
Description Pleuraphis jamesii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3724
Description Frankenia salina
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1432
Description Tamarix spp.
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1424
Description Salix exigua
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3412
Description Schoenoplectus (acutus, californicus)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4220
Description Sonoran-Coloradan semi-desert wash woodland/scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1423
Description Baccharis sergiloides
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2330
Description Mediterranean California naturalized annual & perennial grassland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4226
Description Acacia greggii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1311
Description Pinus monophylla
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5433
Description Achnatherum hymenoides
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1430
Description Southwestern North American introduced riparian scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2320
Description California perennial grassland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5421
Description Coleogyne ramosissima
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5422
Description Purshia tridentata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3720
Description Southwestern North American salt basin & high marsh Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2312
Description Amsinckia (menziesii, tessellata)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2213
Description Lupinus albifrons
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6110
Description North American warm desert bedrock cliff and outcrop Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5420
Description Mojave and Great Basin upper bajada and toeslope Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1511
Description Alnus rhombifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3415
Description Typha (angustifolia, domingensis, latifolia)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1413
Description Salix gooddingii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5510
Description Great Basin cool semi-desert alkali basin Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2132
Description Quercus berberidifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1412
Description Salix laevigata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4110
Description Lower bajada & fan MojaveanSonoran desert scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5511
Description Sarcobatus vermiculatus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4150
Description Arizonan upland Sonoran desert scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2131
Description Cercocarpus montanus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4212
Description Lepidospartum squamatum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2113
Description Ceanothus crassifolius
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3728
Description Isocoma acradenia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2216
Description Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3211
Description Ribes quercetorum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4123
Description Brickellia desertorum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3221
Description Muhlenbergia richardsonis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9220
Description Non-woody Row and Field Agriculture
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3122
Description Poa secunda
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9210
Description Woody Agriculture (orchards, vineyards)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3726
Description Distichlis spicata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4114
Description Encelia farinosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5212
Description Ericameria nauseosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5215
Description Ericameria cooperi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3312
Description Quercus john-tuckeri
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3712
Description Sporobolus airoides
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2215
Description Eriodictyon (crassifolium, trichocalyx)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2120
Description Californian pre-montane chaparral Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4118
Description Larrea tridentata - Encelia farinosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6111
Description Atriplex hymenelytra
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4211
Description Ephedra californica
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5311
Description Artemisia tridentata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1111
Description Quercus douglasii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4113
Description Atriplex polycarpa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9501
Description Eucalyptus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3410
Description Arid West freshwater emergent marsh Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4213
Description Ericameria paniculata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3110
Description Vancouverian & Rocky Mountain naturalized annual grassland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2314
Description Monolopia (lanceolata) - Coreopsis (calliopsidea)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2112
Description Adenostoma fasciculatum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5413
Description Ephedra nevadensis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3715
Description Bolboshoenus maritimus, Schoenoplectus americanus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6117
Description Chorizonthe rigida - Geraea canescens Desert Pavement Sparsely Vegetated
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5418
Description Lycium cooperi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2133
Description Quercus berberidifolia - Adenostoma fasciculatum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3414
Description Schoenoplectus californicus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5440
Description Intermountain shallow/calcareous soil scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2333
Description Lolium perenne
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3313
Description Quercus palmeri
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4221
Description Pluchea sericea
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3727
Description Salicornia depressa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2214
Description Ericameria linearifolia - Isocoma arborea
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3723
Description Atriplex spinifera
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2218
Description Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5112
Description Atriplex confertifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1114
Description Quercus wislizeni
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4115
Description Larrea tridentata - Ambrosia dumosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2110
Description Californian xeric chaparral Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2305
Description California annual & perennial grassland Mapping Unit (Native component)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5410
Description Intermontane deep or well-drained soil scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4225
Description Psorothamnus spinosus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3710
Description Southwestern North American alkali marsh/seep vegetation Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2223
Description Salvia mellifera
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2321
Description Nassella cernua
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6100
Description North American Warm Semi-Desert Cliff, Scree, and Other Rock Vegetation Macrogroup
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5425
Description Menodora spinescens
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5416
Description Ericameria teretifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1120
Description California evergreen coniferous forest & woodland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1426
Description Sambucus nigra
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4216
Description Ambrosia salsola
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5424
Description Yucca schidigera
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5500
Description Cool Semi-Desert Alkali-Saline Wetlands Macrogoup
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2310
Description California annual forb/grass vegetation Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5417
Description Ephedra viridis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5441
Description Cercocarpus ledifolius
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1310
Description Western Great Basin montane coniferous woodland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5411
Description Grayia spinosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5111
Description Atriplex canescens
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4121
Description Tidestromia oblongifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3722
Description Atriplex lentiformis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1415
Description Washingtonia filifera
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3510
Description California mixed annual/perennial freshwater vernal pool/swale/plain bottomland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2222
Description Eriogonum wrightii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5210
Description Intermontane seral shrubland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1425
Description Forestiera pubescens
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3714
Description Juncus cooperi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1421
Description Baccharis emoryi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1414
Description Platanus racemosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9320
Description Anthropogenic Areas of Little or No Vegetation
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9804
Description Major Canals and Aqueducts
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9310
Description Urban Window
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2334
Description Pennisetum setaceum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1122
Description Juniperus californica
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4224
Description Chilopsis linearis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9800
Description Water
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1411
Description Populus fremontii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4228
Description Hyptis emoryi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9805
Description Water Impoundment Feature
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3611
Description Juncus arcticus (var. balticus, mexicanus)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3210
Description Western Cordilleran montane deciduous scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3612
Description Leymus triticoides
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1115
Description Juglans californica
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2300
Description California Annual & Perennial Grassland Macrogroup
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3411
Description Phragmites australis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4119
Description Larrea tridentata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1112
Description Quercus lobata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4214
Description Prunus fasciculata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1117
Description Quercus agrifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1211
Description Pseudotsuga macrocarpa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6116
Description Sparsely vegetated playa (Ephemeral annuals)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2311
Description Eschscholzia (californica)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3713
Description Anemopsis californica
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6120
Description North American warm desert dunes and sand flats Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5430
Description Southern Great Basin semi-desert grassland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1510
Description Vancouverian riparian deciduous forest Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5110
Description Shadscale-saltbush cool semi-desert scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6114
Description Unvegetated wash and river bottom
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3310
Description Western Mojave & Western Sonoran Desert borderland chaparral Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2220
Description Central & South Coastal Californian coastal sage scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2221
Description Eriogonum fasciculatum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5431
Description Achnatherum speciosum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4227
Description Parkinsonia florida-Olneya tesota
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2315
Description Plagiobothrys nothofulvus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3610
Description Californian warm temperate marsh/seep Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3311
Description Ceanothus greggii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2331
Description Brassica nigra & other mustards
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3511
Description Deinandra fasciculata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5415
Description Salazaria mexicana
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4215
Description Brickellia incana
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5412
Description Krascheninnikovia lanata
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1113
Description Quercus chrysolepis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3111
Description Bromus tectorum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4111
Description Ambrosia dumosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3711
Description Spartina gracilis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2122
Description Ceanothus leucodermis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1420
Description Southwestern North American riparian/wash scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2217
Description Eriogonum (elongatum, nudum)
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3729
Description Atriplex parryi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4151
Description Viguiera parishii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4210
Description Mojavean semi-desert wash scrub Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1422
Description Baccharis salicifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3121
Description Elymus multisetus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3413
Description Schoenoplectus acutus
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2134
Description Prunus ilicifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4217
Description Artemisia tridentata spp. parishii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1410
Description Southwestern North American riparian evergreen & deciduous woodland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5310
Description Inter-Mountain West mesic tall sagebrush shrubland & steppe Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5214
Description Gutierrezia sarothrae
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2212
Description Lotus scoparius
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3314
Description Quercus cornelius-mulleri
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2130
Description Californian mesic chaparral Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9200
Description Agriculture
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1210
Description Californian montane conifer forest Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6112
Description Ephedra funerea
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9300
Description Built-up & Urban Disturbance
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6123
Description Wislizenia refracta
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2121
Description Arctostaphylos glandulosa
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3120
Description Western dry upland perennial grassland Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 6122
Description Panicum urvilleanum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3100
Description Western North American Temperate Grassland & Meadow Macrogroup
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2322
Description Nassella pulchra
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3613
Description Muhlenbergia rigens
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3725
Description Suaeda moquinii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5423
Description Yucca brevifolia
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2114
Description Fremontodendron californicum
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3220
Description Western Cordilleran montane moist graminoid meadow Group
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1427
Description Salix lasiolepis
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 9500
Description Exotic Trees
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 2211
Description Gutierrezia californica
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 1433
Description Saccharum ravennae
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3400
Description Western North American Freshwater Marsh Macrogroup
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 3700
Description Warm Semi-Desert/Mediterranean Alkali-Saline Wetland Macrogroup
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4124
Description Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4152
Description Parkinsonia microphylla
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4218
Description Bebbia juncea
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 4229
Description Castela emoryi
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5216
Description Dendromecon rigida
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification


Value 5442
Description Purshia stansburiana
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetation Type mapping code classification




Field ConCov
* Alias ConiferCover
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the classes of percent birds-eye cover of conifers within a vegetation stand. Percent cover, also referred to as density, is a quantitative estimate of the aerial extent of the living plants for each vegetation layer within a stand. Cover is the primary metric used to quantify the importance or abundance of a life form and/or species. It is important to note that the photointerpreters could only accurately quantify the vegetation that is visible on the aerial imagery. Therefore, birds eye total cover was mapped, meaning that the cover of understory layers which were obscured by overstory layers was not included. For this reason, total cover for shrubs and herbaceous plants may be underestimated if their extent was hidden under the crowns of trees and may differ from assessments done on the ground by field crews.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assessed
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 0
Description None or Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 1
Description >0-1%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 2
Description >1-5%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 3
Description >5-15%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 4
Description >15-25%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 5
Description >25-50%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 6
Description >50-75%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 7
Description >75-100%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification




Field HdwdCov
* Alias HardwoodCover
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the classes of percent birds-eye cover of hardwoods within a vegetation stand. Percent cover, also referred to as density, is a quantitative estimate of the aerial extent of the living plants for each vegetation layer within a stand. Cover is the primary metric used to quantify the importance or abundance of a life form and/or species. It is important to note that the photointerpreters could only accurately quantify the vegetation that is visible on the aerial imagery. Therefore, birds eye total cover was mapped, meaning that the cover of understory layers which were obscured by overstory layers was not included. For this reason, total cover for shrubs and herbaceous plants may be underestimated if their extent was hidden under the crowns of trees and may differ from assessments done on the ground by field crews.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assessed
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 0
Description None or Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 1
Description >0-1%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 2
Description >1-5%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 3
Description >5-15%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 4
Description >15-25%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 5
Description >25-50%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 6
Description >50-75%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 7
Description >75-100%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification




Field YUBRCov
* Alias JoshuaTreeCover
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the classes of percent birds-eye cover of Yucca brevifolia within a vegetation stand. Percent cover, also referred to as density, is a quantitative estimate of the aerial extent of the living plants for each vegetation layer within a stand. Cover is the primary metric used to quantify the importance or abundance of a life form and/or species. It is important to note that the photointerpreters could only accurately quantify the vegetation that is visible on the aerial imagery. Therefore, birds eye total cover was mapped, meaning that the cover of understory layers which were obscured by overstory layers was not included. For this reason, total cover for shrubs and herbaceous plants may be underestimated if their extent was hidden under the crowns of trees and may differ from assessments done on the ground by field crews.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applilcable/Not Assigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Joshua tree percent cover classification


Value 0
Description None or Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Joshua tree percent cover classification


Value 1
Description <0-1%
Enumerated domain value definition source Joshua tree percent cover classification


Value 2
Description >1-5%
Enumerated domain value definition source Joshua tree percent cover classification


Value 3
Description >5%
Enumerated domain value definition source Joshua tree percent cover classification




Field TreeCov
* Alias TotalTreeCover
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the classes of percent birds-eye cover of trees (including Joshua Trees) within a vegetation stand. Percent cover, also referred to as density, is a quantitative estimate of the aerial extent of the living plants for each vegetation layer within a stand. Cover is the primary metric used to quantify the importance or abundance of a life form and/or species. It is important to note that the photointerpreters could only accurately quantify the vegetation that is visible on the aerial imagery. Therefore, birds eye total cover was mapped, meaning that the cover of understory layers which were obscured by overstory layers was not included. For this reason, total cover for shrubs and herbaceous plants may be underestimated if their extent was hidden under the crowns of trees and may differ from assessments done on the ground by field crews.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assessed
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 0
Description None or Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 1
Description >0-1%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 2
Description >1-5%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 3
Description >5-15%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 4
Description >15-25%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 5
Description >25-50%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 6
Description >50-75%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 7
Description >75-100%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification




Field ShrubCov
* Alias ShrubCover
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the classes of percent birds-eye cover of shrubs within a vegetation stand. Percent cover, also referred to as density, is a quantitative estimate of the aerial extent of the living plants for each vegetation layer within a stand. Cover is the primary metric used to quantify the importance or abundance of a life form and/or species. It is important to note that the photointerpreters could only accurately quantify the vegetation that is visible on the aerial imagery. Therefore, birds eye total cover was mapped, meaning that the cover of understory layers which were obscured by overstory layers was not included. For this reason, total cover for shrubs and herbaceous plants may be underestimated if their extent was hidden under the crowns of trees and may differ from assessments done on the ground by field crews.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 0
Description None or Not observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 1
Description >0-1%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 2
Description >1-5%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 3
Description >5-15%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 4
Description >15-25%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 5
Description >25-50%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 6
Description >50-75%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification


Value 7
Description >75-100%
Enumerated domain value definition source Vegetative percent cover classification




Field HerbCov
* Alias HerbaceousCover
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the classes of percent birds-eye cover of herbaceous plants within a vegetation stand.Percent cover, also referred to as density, is a quantitative estimate of the aerial extent of the living plants for each vegetation layer within a stand. Cover is the primary metric used to quantify the importance or abundance of a life form and/or species. It is important to note that the photointerpreters could only accurately quantify the vegetation that is visible on the aerial imagery. Therefore, birds eye total cover was mapped, meaning that the cover of understory layers which were obscured by overstory layers was not included. For this reason, total cover for shrubs and herbaceous plants may be underestimated if their extent was hidden under the crowns of trees and may differ from assessments done on the ground by field crews.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 1
Description 0-2%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 2
Description >2-15%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 3
Description >15-40%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification


Value 4
Description >40-100%
Enumerated domain value definition source Herbaceous percent cover classification




Field Exotics
* Alias Exotics
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the level of impact by exotic invasive species.Photointerpreters assigned each existing polygon a code reflecting the level of impact by exotic invasive species such as Mediterranean grass (Schismus spp.) or tamarisk (Tamarix spp.).
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Exotics code classification


Value 0
Description None/Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Exotics code classification


Value 1
Description Low - visible, cover not significant
Enumerated domain value definition source Exotics code classification


Value 2
Description Moderate - significant cover
Enumerated domain value definition source Exotics code classification


Value 3
Description High - stand characterized by exotics
Enumerated domain value definition source Exotics code classification




Field Roadedness
* Alias Roadedness
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for the level of impact by paved and unpaved roads, Roadedness Disturbance is defined as the level of impact in a polygon by paved and unpaved roads, off highway vehicle (OHV) trails, railroads, berms, and covered aqueduct. Impact is defined by the proportion of any polygon that is contiguously without these features. The Roadedness Disturbance code reflects the combination of the amount of roads in the polygon and the roads effect on the contiguous space that has no roads that is, where the roads fall within the polygon. This definition of roadedness has the advantage of helping to identify roadless areas, but the disadvantage of being scale independent. For example, any polygon with a road more or less bisecting it will be assigned a code of Moderate, regardless of size. This means that a very large polygon with a Moderate Roadedness Disturbance code might still contain an extensive roadless area.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assessed
Enumerated domain value definition source Roadedness Disturbance code classification


Value 0
Description None/Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Roadedness Disturbance code classification


Value 1
Description Low - >2/3 contiguous area roadless
Enumerated domain value definition source Roadedness Disturbance code classification


Value 2
Description Moderate - 1/3 to 2/3 contiguous area roadless
Enumerated domain value definition source Roadedness Disturbance code classification


Value 3
Description High - <1/3 contiguous area roadless
Enumerated domain value definition source Roadedness Disturbance code classification




Field Development
* Alias Development
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Development Disturbance accounts for the level of impact by structures and settlements that are smaller than the MMU criteria for land use. Structures may include buildings, tanks, trailers, metal electrical towers, communication towers, and utility and mining structures. This attribute includes paved parking lots and collapsed structures. Note that it also includes debris such as junked vehicles, major trash dumping, etc., the removal of which could result in a vegetation stand that could be in very good to pristine ecological condition. Disturbance that does not involve these types of features is accounted for in Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Development Disturbance code classification


Value 0
Description None/Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Development Disturbance code classification


Value 1
Description Low - <2% of polygon affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Development Disturbance code classification


Value 2
Description Moderate - 2-5% of polygon affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Development Disturbance code classification


Value 3
Description High - >5% of polygon affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Development Disturbance code classification




Field AnthroAlt
* Alias AnthropogenicAlteration
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
This indicates the level of impact on vegetation through tillage, scraping, grazing, mining, etc. Disturbance from structures, pavement, or debris is not included here but is addressed in Development Disturbance. Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance captures past disturbances in the landscape that are still visible through their impact on vegetation, but do not have enough of an impact to change the vegetation type or percent cover range.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/NotAssigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance code classification


Value 0
Description None/Not Observable
Enumerated domain value definition source Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance code classification


Value 1
Description Low - <33% of polygon affected/veg cover not impacted
Enumerated domain value definition source Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance code classification


Value 2
Description Moderate - 33-66% of polygon affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance code classification


Value 3
Description High - >66% of polygon affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Anthropogenically Altered Disturbance code classification




Field HydroMod
* Alias HydroMod
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Is the vegetation stand modified by a hydrologic impediment? This is used to tag stands of desert vegetation that have their extent directly impacted by restricted sheet flow or active channel flow crossing under a road, railroad, levee, etc. Examples include polygons where: 1) washes have expanded on the upslope side or contracted on the downslope side of the impediment (typically a berm or levee), or 2) railroad or highway berms have eliminated natural sheet flow downslope across alluvial fans and bajadas, or other slopes. The effect must create a line-forming break such as in vegetation type, shrub cover, tree cover, or herbaceous cover. The modifier is only attributed to the polygon down-slope of the impediment. Drainage ditches conveying flow off the side of a road (though often visible on imagery) are not considered unless they make a line-forming break in the vegetation.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 9
Description Not Applicable/Not Assigned
Enumerated domain value definition source Altered Hydrologic Regime Modifier code classification


Value 0
Description Not Affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Altered Hydrologic Regime Modifier code classification


Value 1
Description Affected
Enumerated domain value definition source Altered Hydrologic Regime Modifier code classification




Field Notes
* Alias Notes
* Data type String
* Width 254
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Text field for additional information.


Field LandUse
* Alias LandUse
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Land use is the human use of the land and is embodied through such features as urban centers, towns, mining, agriculture, and individual settlements. In this mapping effort land use was represented both as a possible vegetation class and as a separate attribute of a vegetated polygon. Every attempt was made to correlate the coding within both layers. A land use polygon was mapped if it was at least 2.5 acres in size. The criteria used for mapping land use are presented in Appendix C of Menke et al. (2016).
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 0
Description Not Assigned/Not Assessed
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 1000
Description Urban
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 1436
Description Water Transfer
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 1850
Description Wildlife Preserves & Sanctuaries
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 2000
Description Agriculture (Includes Nurseries)
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 2100
Description Non-woody Row & Field Crops
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 2200
Description Orchards & Vineyards
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 9800
Description Undifferentiated Water
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification


Value 9810
Description Water Impoundment Feature
Enumerated domain value definition source Land use code classification




Field MethodID
* Alias MethodID
* Data type String
* Width 50
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Code for MethodID. This attribute was used to indicate how the MapUnit coding decision was reached for a polygon by identifying what type of field data (if any) was used to support the vegetation type assignment. For polygons that did not have any corresponding point data, the value of photo interpretation was assigned. Some of the stands were assessed from a distance using a compass, laser rangefinder, binoculars, and occasionally a spotting scope. For reconnaissance, multiple stands were often assessed from a single location.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Hepburn, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2016. California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2016 Additions). Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 1
Description Rapid Assessment (current project)
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 2
Description Releve
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 3
Description Field Verification
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 4
Description Photo Interpretation
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 5
Description Adjacent Stand Information or Ground Photo
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 6
Description Reconnaissance (current project)
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 7
Description Other Information
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 8
Description Older Plot Data
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 9
Description Older Recon Data
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 10
Description Accuracy Assessment
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification


Value 60
Description Additional Recon Information
Enumerated domain value definition source Method ID code classification




Field OLTE_PAFL
* Alias OLTE_PAFL
* Data type String
* Width 100
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
This attribute denotes the consistent presence of ironwood (Olneya tesota) and/or blue palo verde (Parkinsonia florida) in mapped polygons within the study area, the only occurrence of which is in the Colorado Desert region and Arizona Upland subdivision of the Sonoran Desert. The modifier was added to accurately represent the vast expanses of sparse ironwood and/or blue palo verde emerging from the canopy of creosote bush, white bursage, and brittle bush shrub types on broad alluvial fans and bajadas, as well as in small rivulets dissecting sparsely vegetated desert pavement.
Description source
Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Glass, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2013. 2013 California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.
List of values
Value 0
Description Olneya tesota and/or Parkinsonia florida not visible or not consistent in stand
Enumerated domain value definition source Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Glass, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2013. 2013 California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.


Value 1
Description Olneya tesota and/or Parkinsonia florida present in at least trace amounts and consistent throughout most of the stand
Enumerated domain value definition source Menke, J., E. Reyes, A. Glass, D. Johnson, and J. Reyes. 2013. 2013 California Vegetation Map in Support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. Aerial Information Systems, Inc., Redlands, CA.




Field Mappers
* Alias Mappers
* Data type String
* Width 5
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Indicates whether a polygon was delineated and attributed by Aerial Information Systems (AIS), or the California Department of Fish andWildlifes Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (CDFW)


Field NRFVconfidence
* Alias NRFVconfidence
* Data type String
* Width 5
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
No regional field verification. For areas that were mapped by CDFG (see Mappers field), this field identifies photo-interpreted polygons in large, contiguous areas that were inaccessible and in which the confidence in correctly identifying the vegetation type was therefore low. These are marked with "low" in this field.


Field UID
* Alias UID
* Data type String
* Width 25
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Unique identifier for each polygon


Field CalVegName
* Alias CalVegName
* Data type String
* Width 100
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
A crosswalk to the CalVeg vegetation system. Note that there may be a one-to-many relationship between CalVeg and NVCS. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5347192 .
Description source
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5347192 .


Field CalVegCode
* Alias CalVegCode
* Data type String
* Width 10
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
A crosswalk to the CalVeg vegetation system. Note that there may be a one-to-many relationship between CalVeg and NVCS. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5347192 .
Description source
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5347192 .


Field CWHRType
* Alias CWHRType
* Data type String
* Width 100
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
A crosswalk to the California Wildlife Habitat Relationships system. Note that there is usually a one-to-many relationship between CWHR and NVCS. See http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cwhr/ .
Description source
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cwhr/ .


Field CWHRCode
* Alias CWHRCode
* Data type String
* Width 10
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
A crosswalk to the California Wildlife Habitat Relationships system. Note that there is usually a one-to-many relationship between CWHR and NVCS. See http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cwhr/ .
Description source
See http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cwhr/ .


Field GlobalRank
* Alias GlobalRank
* Data type String
* Width 10
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
The global rarity rank of the plant community (only for polygons mapped to the alliance level). G1: Fewer than 6 viable occurrences and/or 2000 acres worldwide; G2: 6-20 viable occurrences and/or 2000-10,000 acres worldwide; G3: 21-100 viable occurrences and/or 10,000-50,000 acres worldwide; G4: Greater than 100 viable occurrences and/or greater than 50,000 acres worldwide; G5: Community demonstrably secure due to secure worldwide abundance. See: http://www.natureserve.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/natureserveconservationstatusmethodology_jun12_0.pdf


Field StateRank
* Alias StateRank
* Data type String
* Width 10
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
The state rarity rank of the plant community (only for polygons mapped to the alliance level). S1: Fewer than 6 viable occurrences and/or 2000 acres statewide; S2: 6-20 viable occurrences and/or 2000-10,000 acres statewide; S3: 21-100 viable occurrences and/or 10,000-50,000 acres statewide; S4: Greater than 100 viable occurrences and/or greater than 50,000 acres statewide; S5: Community demonstrably secure due to secure statewide abundance. See: http://www.natureserve.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/natureserveconservationstatusmethodology_jun12_0.pdf
Description source
http://www.natureserve.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/natureserveconservationstatusmethodology_jun12_0.pdf


Field CACode
* Alias CACode
* Data type String
* Width 25
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
California Natural Community Codes - unique code assigned to alliances and associations.
Description source
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Data/VegCAMP/Natural-Communities


Field Rare
* Alias Rare
* Data type String
* Width 3
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Rarity of the vegetation type. Alliances and associations with state ranks of S1-S3 are considered rare.
Description source
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Data/VegCAMP/Natural-Communities/Background


Field LocalRarity
* Alias LocalRarity
* Data type String
* Width 3
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
Locally rare natural communities are a type of special status natural community. They are defined in the DRECP as vegetation rare or uncommon within a local geographical boundary while more common outside of that boundary. In addition to the rare vegetation identified by global, national, and state/provincial levels, locally rare vegetation designation is important for the representation of species diversity and ecological processes, and therefore requires effective and recognizable conservation status. Crain and White (2011) developed criteria for categorizing locally rare plant taxa by using the framework the Natural Heritage Networks Element Ranking System combined with attributes of the World Conservation Unions Red List Criteria to consider locally rare plant taxa. They used an L rank in addition to the standard G and S ranks to signify local rarity. In the DRECP, we have applied this methodology to locally rare occurrences of vegetation alliances rather than individual species.
Description source
Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP). 2013. 2013 California desert vegetation map and accuracy assessment in support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento, CA.


Field NVCSAlliance
* Alias NVCSAlliance
* Data type String
* Width 255
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
The standardized name for the alliance within the 2008 National Vegetation Classification System. See http://usnvc.org/ .
Description source
http://usnvc.org/


Field NVCSGroup
* Alias NVCSGroup
* Data type String
* Width 255
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
The standardized name for the group within the 2008 National Vegetation Classification System. See http://usnvc.org/ .
Description source
http://usnvc.org/


Field NVCSMG
* Alias NVCSMG
* Data type String
* Width 255
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
The standardized name for the macrogroup within the 2008 National Vegetation Classification System. See http://usnvc.org/ .
Description source
http://usnvc.org/


Field EcologicalSystems
* Alias EcologicalSystems
* Data type String
* Width 255
* Precision 0
* Scale 0
Field description
A classification system used to create the Gap map for California. They are groups of plant community types that tend to co-occur within landscapes with similar ecological processes, substrates and/or environmental gradients (Comer et al. 2003). See http://www.natureserve.org/library/usEcologicalsystems.pdf and http://gapanalysis.usgs.gov/gaplandcover/vision/ .
Description source
Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP). 2013. 2013 California desert vegetation map and accuracy assessment in support of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program and the California Energy Commission. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento, CA.


Field Acres
* Alias Acres
* Data type Double
* Width 8
* Precision 38
* Scale 8
Field description
GIS-calculated area measurements of each mapped polygon.


Field Hectares
* Alias Hectares
* Data type Double
* Width 8
* Precision 38
* Scale 8
Field description
GIS-calculated area measurements of each mapped polygon.


Field Shape.STArea()
* Alias Shape.STArea()
* Data type Double
* Width 0
* Precision 0
* Scale 0




Field Shape.STLength()
* Alias Shape.STLength()
* Data type Double
* Width 0
* Precision 0
* Scale 0






Metadata Details

* Metadata language English(UNITED STATES)
* Metadata character set utf8 - 8 bit UCS Transfer Format


Scope of the data described by the metadata * dataset
Scope name * dataset


* Last update 2018-01-29


ArcGIS metadata properties
Metadata format ArcGIS1.0
Metadata style FGDC CSDGM Metadata
Standard or profile used to edit metadata FGDC


Created in ArcGIS for the item 2018-01-2914:34:36
Last modified in ArcGIS for the item 2018-01-2914:35:53


Automatic updates
Have been performed Yes
Last update 2018-01-2914:35:53


Metadata Contacts

Metadata contact
Individual's name Todd Keeler-Wolf
Organization's name California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact's position Senior Vegetation Ecologist
Contact's role point of contact


Metadata Maintenance

Maintenance
Update frequency as needed


Metadata Constraints

Constraints
Limitations of use

CDFW appreciates learning how our datasets are being used so that we can leverage support for classifying and mapping new areas and let users know of any updates. Please contact Diana Hickson by email Diana.Hickson@wildlife.ca.gov or by phone at (916) 327-5956.


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