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LANDFIRE (LF) existing vegetation layers describe the following elements: Existing Vegetation Type (EVT), Existing Vegetation Canopy Cover (EVC), and Existing Vegetation Height (EVH). These layers are created using predictive landscape models based on extensive field-referenced data, satellite imagery and biophysical gradient layers using classification and regression trees. LF potential vegetation layers describe the following elements: Bio-Physical Settings (BPS) and Environmental Site Potential (ESP). These layers are created using predictive landscape models based on extensive field-referenced data and biophysical gradient layers using classification and regression trees.

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Existing Vegetation Potential Vegetation
Existing Vegetation Cover - vertically projected percent cover of the live canopy layer for a specific area
Existing Vegetation Height - average height of the dominant vegetation
Existing Vegetation Type - complexes of plant communities representing NatureServe's terrestrial Ecological Systems classification
National Vegetation Classification - an existing vegetation layer that represents the distribution of vegetation groups based on the USNVC classification
Existing Vegetation Type, Cover, and Height agree by lifeform for every pixel. Use existing vegetation layers together for a more complete representation of the vegetated landscape.
Biophysical Settings - vegetation system that may have been dominant on the landscape pre Euro-American settlement
Biophysical Settings Models and Descriptions (non-spatial) - state-and-transition models representing pre-settlement vegetation system dynamics reference conditions for each biophysical setting
Environmental Site Potential - vegetation system that could be supported at a given site based on the biophysical environment
Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS) - LF uses two indexes of MoD-FIS to account for fuel's seasonal variability which represent current, real-time conditions
LF Reference Database (LFRDB) - consists of vegetation and fuel data from geo-referenced sampling units nationwide


Vegetation products are used:

climate change for natural resource management
to identify the nation's major ecosystems to inventory wildlife habitat
carbon studies


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