Vegetation Inventory and Map for Gateway National Recreation Area

Fort Hancock
Ford Hancock Parade Ground

NPS Photo


Gateway National Recreation Area exists within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, yet the park includes grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests. Each of these ecosystems is a home to a surprising variety of animals, plants, amphibians, insects and other creatures. In the 26,000 acres of the park hundreds of wild plants species are scattered throughout.

The Gateway National Recreation Area Vegetation Inventory 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, and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; digital aerial imagery; digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation, field sites (vegetation plots, and AA sites), aerial imagery, 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 9, 2018