Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Field Plots Data Base for Vegetation Mapping
Entry ID: usgs_nps_fortlaramie

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Summary
Abstract: Vegetation field plots at Fort Laramie NHS were visited, described, and
documented in a digital database. The database consists of two parts - (1)
Physical Descriptive and Stratum Data, and (2) Species Listings.

The purpose of the field plots is to provide National Parks with the necessary
tools to effectively manage their natural resources. Plot data is collected and
analyzed to develop a classification (using the Standardized National
Vegetation Classification System) and description of vegetation types in
preparation for photointerpretation and mapping of the monument's vegetation
types.

The dataset is of the Fort Laramie National Historic Site and surroundings.
Fort Laramie is located in Goshen County, Wyoming.

Field sampling using releve plots.

Information for this metadata was obtained from
"http://biology.usgs.gov/npsveg/fola/metafolafield.html" and put into NASA
Directory Interchange Format.

Related URL
Link: VIEW EXTENDED METADATA
Description: Metadata in Biological Data Profile format.


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Description: Fort Laramie National Historic Site, USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program
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Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: USGS - NPS Vegetation Mapping Program Field Data


Geographic Coverage
 N: 42.13276 S: 42.11212  E: -104.13276  W: -104.34382

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
Dataset Title: Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Field Plots Data Base for Vegetation Mapping
Dataset Release Date: 1998-08-01
Dataset Release Place: Denver, Colorado
Dataset Publisher: U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division
Data Presentation Form: database
Other Citation Details: Created by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., Redlands under contract to the USGS/BRD/CBI.
Online Resource: http://biology.usgs.gov/npsveg/deto/fielddata.html


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-06-21
Stop Date: 1997-06-29


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > WYOMING > FORT LARAMIE


Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 1 meter
Longitude Resolution: 1 meter


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >SHRUBLAND/SCRUB    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >VEGETATION COVER    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LAND USE/LAND COVER >LAND USE/LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >PLANT PHENOLOGY    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER


Project
VMP >USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program    [Information]


Quality
Descriptive plot data were collected for 49 sites whose vegetation represents
a full spectrum of alliance types present within Fort Laramie National Historic
Site and its immediate surroundings. Physical description - Attributes
collected for each site include: a plot number, a unique plot identification
code, community name, field name, state, park name, quad name, map projection,
datum, GPS file name, raw UTM coordinates , differentially corrected UTM
coordinates, plot survey date, name(s) of surveyors, length, width, photo type,
elevation, slope, aspect, topographic position, landform, surface geology,
Cowardin System category, hydrology, surface material description, soil
texture, soil drainage, leaf phenology, leaf type, physiognomy type, plant
height and animal use eivdence. Species - Individual species described at each
of 49 plots is listed, one line per species, with the following information:
Plot Identification Code, Numeric Species Code, Species Name, Species Cover (
0=trace, 1=< 1%, 2=1-5%, 3=5-25%, 4=25-50%, 5=50-75%, 6=75-100%), Plantcode,
and Strata Code (T1=emergent, T2=canopy, T3=sub-canopy, S1=tall shrub, S2=short
shrub, H=herbaceous, N=non-vascular, V=vinae/liana, E=epiphyte). evidence.

Physical description: Comprehensive descriptions exist for each of the 49
plots, but some do not contain entries under headings which are not applicable.
Species - One species is entered per line, by plot code, with multiple species
listed for each plot, one per row. Plot codes and species names are complete
for each row, but some species codes, cover and strata information is missing.


Access Constraints
None


Use Constraints
Any person using the information presented here should fully understand the
data collection and compilation procedures, as described in these metadata,
before beginning analyses. The burden for determining fitness for use lies
entirely with the user. For purposes of publication or dissemination, citations
or credit should be given to the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park
Service.


Keywords
National Park Service
The U.S. Geological Survey
The Nature Conservancy
aerial information systems
land cover
vegetation
association
Environmental Systems Research Institute
Wyoming
WY
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Goshen County
vegetation classification
Standardized National Vegetation Classification System
alliance
community association
plant communities
plant


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
USGS-NPS Vegetation Characterization Program, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.usgs.gov/core_science_systems/csas/vip/

Data Center Personnel
Name: TOM OWENS
Phone: (303) 202-4258
Fax: (303) 202-4219
Email: tom_owens at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
Center for Biological Informatics
Denver Federal Center, Building 810
City: Denver
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225-0046
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Size: Excel, MS Access Database, text
Distribution_Format: HTML


Personnel
TOM OWENS
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (303) 202-4258
Fax: (303) 202-4219
Email: tom_owens at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
Center for Biological Informatics
Denver Federal Center, Building 810
City: Denver
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225-0046
Country: USA


TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2002-03-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-12
Future DIF Review Date: 2003-03-27

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