Vegetation Inventory and Map for Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River

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Kayak on the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River

NPS Photo


The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River was designated to protect the rugged canyons, verdant riparian areas, scenic rapids, and unspoiled views. The Rio Grande has for many thousands of years shaped the landscape of the area and provided water along a narrow corridor of the Chihuahuan desert. The Rio Grande is the support system for life in Big Bend. It is the primary water source of the Chihuahuan Desert and birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians depend on it for survival.

The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River 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: April 16, 2020