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Fact Sheet 2013–3085

Gap Analysis Program

TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS—National Inventory of Vegetation and Land Use

By Kevin J. Gergely and Alexa McKerrow

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The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The GAP national land cover includes data on the vegetation and land-use patterns of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. This national dataset combines land cover data generated by regional GAP projects with Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) data ( LANDFIRE is an interagency vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics mapping program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

First posted November 12, 2013

Revised August 29, 2016

For additional information, contact:
Core Science Analytics and Synthesis
U.S. Geological Survey
302 National Center
Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:

Gergely, K.J., and McKerrow, A., 2016, Terrestrial ecosystems—National inventory of vegetation and land use (ver. 1.1, August 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3085, 1 p.,

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