Vegetation Inventory and Map for George Washington Carver National Monument

Carver trail
Carver Trail

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The George Washington Carver National Monument is located southwest of Joplin, Missouri and consists of the original 237 acre Moses Carver homestead. The historic landscape probably consisted almost entirely of native grasslands or open savannas, with wetter grasslands along upland drainage ways. The monument offers opportunities for restoration of tallgrass prairie communities over deep, tillable soils, which are rare on the modern landscape. The natural landscapes, including woodlands and prairies, also influenced George Washington Carver in his youth, and thus were significant in serving as the basis for his lifelong interest in the natural world.

The George Washington Carver National Monument 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