Vegetation Inventory and Map for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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River Bend Overlook

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The topography of the badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park provides for a surprising diversity in plant life. From the sunny and drier south faces of buttes to their forested and cooler north slopes, from floodplains to grasslands, and in prairie dog towns, over 400 species of plants have been identified within the park. The Park has three units with the North Unit near Watford City and the South Unit near Medora , North Dakota. The third unit lies between the North and South units and consists of the historic Elkhorn Ranch. Both large units contain predominately badlands erosional features, mixed-grass prairie, Little Missouri River floodplain, swales, draws, and intermittent and small perennial drainages that support trees and shrubs. The ranch unit is riparian, located entirely within the Little Missouri River floodplain. Recreational and educational activities include hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, scenic drives and vistas, and research opportunities.

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park 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 19, 2018