Vegetation Inventory and Map for Bluestone National Scenic River

Bluestone River
Bluestone River carves through the Bluestone Gorge

NPS Photo \ Dave Bieri


Extremes in topography and elevations account for the great diversity of plant life to be found within Bluestone National Scenic River. The 1,000 deep gorge created by the Bluestone River presents a variety of habitats and microclimates for flora and fauna. The vegetation of the park is characterized by extensive upland deciduous forests and mixed conifer-deciduous forests, with smaller areas of floodplain and riparian forest.

The Bluestone National Scenic River vegetation mapping project delivers many geospatial and vegetation data products, including an in-depth project report discussing methods and results, which include descriptions to vegetation associations, field keys to vegetation associations, map classification, and map-class descriptions. The suite of products also includes a database of vegetation plots, verification sites, validation sites, and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; field data sheets; digital aerial imagery; hardcopy and digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation and land cover (map layer), field sites (vegetation plots, verification sites, validation sites, and AA sites), aerial imagery index, project boundary, and metadata.


The products of vegetation mapping projects are stored and managed in the National Park Service's Data Store, a repository for documents and publications relating to park resources. From the highlighted items below, click on the type of information you are looking for.

Last updated: October 16, 2018