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This polygon feature class represents vegetation communities mapped at Canyonlands National Park. The polygons were generated using guidelines set by the Standardized National Vegetation Classification System (October 1995). A combination of methods were used to map Canyonlands. The USGS used e-Cognition software to create segments. The segments created were then looked at and extensively edited by the vegetation mappers. Some mapping was done on screen, using the 2002 imagery. Hard copy 9X9 photography was used for photo interpretation. Traditional image interpretation cues were used to develop the polygons, such as shape, size, pattern, tone, texture, color, and shadow. Additional data layers were used in aiding...
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This map shows the potential current distribution of Golden Eagle, in the context of current and near-term terrestrial intactness and long-term potential for climate change and energy development.
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This map shows conservation element summaries within areas of potential near-term and long-term energy development. These summaries help highlight areas of potential conflict between conservation elements and energy development.
This map shows potential areas with high terrestrial biodiversity from TNC Ecoregional Portfolio Core dataset.
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This map shows the current distribution of major invasive vegetation species (primarily cheatgrass and tamarisk), and predicted near-term future distribution of these species. Current distribution was derived from LANDFIRE EVT v1.1, NatureServe National Landcover v2.7, Early Season Invasives (USGS), Predicted Tamarisk Probability (USGS), and mapped areas of tamarisk. Predicted future distribution included these areas in addition to the invasive vegetation class from the LANDFIRE Succession Class v1.0 dataset.
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This map shows the major terrestrial ecosystems from LANDFIRE EVT (v1.1) and NatureServe National Landcover (v2.7).
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This map shows areas of high current, near-term, and long-term potential landscape development, based on factors such as urban areas, agriculture, roads, and energy development.
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This map shows the location of herd management areas (HMAs).
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This map shows Class I Federal PSD Areas using features selected from the CBI Protected Areas Database. Non-attainment areas are not mapped.
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This map shows the potential current distribution of white-tailed prairie dog, in the context of current and near-term terrestrial intactness and long-term potential for climate change and energy development.
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This is a coverage of the Colorado Plateau coal assessment study area. The study area outline was drawn on the county lines that most closely outline the coal-bearing rocks in the Colorado Plateau Region. The county outlines originate from a national coverage for which lines were extracted from U.S. Census 1990 TIGER/line files using an AML program written by Nebert, D., and Negri, M., USGS-Water Resources Division (WRD), running on two Data General 6220 servers.
Categories: Web Site; Tags: 49031 = Piute, 04009 = Graham, 08103 = Rio Blanco, 08007 = Archuleta, Utah, All tags...
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This is a point coverage that contains data for coal and otherstratigraphic horizons in the John Henry Member of the StraightCliffs Formation (Upper Cretaceous) east of 112 degrees oflongitude in the Kaiparowits Plateau. The item map# is the numberon the index map (Figure A, Plate 1) that refers to a record in adata table (Appendix 1) in Hettinger and others (1996). Bufferswere drawn at a three-mile distance from data points in thiscoverage to create the reliability coverage. This coverage alsoincludes arcs representing lines of cross section shown in Figs. B,C, D and E, Plate 1 (Hettinger and others, 1996).
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The vegetation units on this map were determined through a series of image processing steps including unsupervised classification, ecological modeling and stereoscopic interpretation of aerial photographs supported by field sampling and ecological analysis. The vegetation boundaries were identified on the photographs by means of the photographic signature and collateral information on slope, hydrology, geography, and vegetation in accordance with the Standardized National Vegetation Classification System (October 1995). The mapped vegetation reflects conditions that existed during the specific year and season that the aerial photographs were taken. There is a margin of error inherent in the use of aerial photographs....
Five alcoves (rock shelters) in the Forty-Mile Canyon—Willow Gulch area of the Escalante River Basin in southeastern Utah yielded rich deposits of late Quaternary macrobotanical remains. The deposits were sampled and the contents identified in order to construct a chronology of vegetational change. Fourteen radiocarbon dates indicate that the fossils were deposited between 12,690 and 7510 yr B.P. (years before present). Ninety-one plant taxa were identified, 62 to species. Six species were common to all alcoves: Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii), box-elder (Acer negundo), prickly pear (Opuntia subgenus Platyopuntia), skunkbush (Rhus aromatica var. trilobata), serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis), and Indian ricegrass...
Carbon and nitrogen are supplied by a variety of sources in the desert food web; both vascular and non-vascular plants and cyanobacteria supply carbon, and cyanobacteria and plant-associated rhizosphere bacteria are sources of biological nitrogen fixation. The objective of this study was to compare the relative influence of vascular plants and biological soil crusts on desert soil nematode and protozoan abundance and community composition. In the first experiment, biological soil crusts were removed by physical trampling. Treatments with crust removed had fewer nematodes and a greater relative ratio of bacterivores to microphytophages than treatments with intact crust. However, protozoa composition was similar with...
We examined the biogeography of aquatic and semiaquatic Heteroptera (ASH) in the Grand Canyon (GC) ecoregion (GCE) on and adjacent to the southern Colorado Plateau. We report 89 ASH taxa in 86 species, 37 genera, and 14 families in the GCE, including 54 ASH taxa detected within or on the rims of GC and its major tributaries, a fauna 3.8-fold greater than previously reported. We tested 2 groups of biogeographic hypotheses to account for this high level of diversity, demonstrating an underlying pattern of mixed biogeographic affinity and strong landform-climate effects. Equal numbers of ASH taxa were derived from allochthonous (neotropical and nearctic) sources and autochthonous (range-centered) sources. A negative...
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The dataset describes rangeland monitoring results from the Hanksville, UT (USA) area. Monitoring results consist of canopy cover of plant species and functional types according to ecological site group from 1967 to 2013. The study area is bordered on the north by the Wayne-Emery County line, on the west by Capitol Reef National Park, and on the south and east by the Colorado River, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Canyonlands National Park. Cover was estimated every 1 to 5 years (except the last measurement that had a 12 year interval) from 1967 to 2013 at 36 permanently marked sites in 15 livestock grazing allotments/pastures. Canopy cover of perennial plant species was estimated to the nearest tenth...
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In this study, we examined N gas loss as nitric oxide (NO) from N-fixing biologically crusted soils in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. We hypothesized that NO gas loss would increase with increasing N fixation potential of the biologically crusted soil. NO fluxes were measured from biologically crusted soils with three levels of N fixation potential (Scytonema-Nostoc-Collema spp. (dark)>Scytonema-Nostoc-Microcoleus spp. (medium)>Microcoleus spp. (light)) from soil cores and field chambers. In both cores and field chambers there was a significant effect of crust type on NO fluxes, but this was highly dependent on season. NO fluxes from field chambers increased with increasing N fixation potential of the biologically...


map background search result map search result map The Colorado Plateau coal assessment study area NO gas loss from biologically crusted soils in Canyonlands National Park, Utah Point source data for coal in the John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation in the Kaiparowits Plateau study area Coal mine adits within the Kaiparowits Plateau study area, southern Utah Colorado Plateau REA Change Agents - Development - Current, Near-Term, and Long-Term Potential High Landscape Development Colorado Plateau REA Conservation Elements - Terrestrial Species: Golden Eagle Colorado Plateau REA Conservation Elements - Terrestrial Species: White-Tailed Prairie Dog Colorado Plateau REA Conservation Elements: Potential Areas of High Terrestrial Biodiversity Colorado Plateau REA Terrestrial Ecosystems Colorado Plateau REA MQ D7: Where are HMAs located? Colorado Plateau REA MQ F2: Where are the areas of potential future encroachment from this invasive species? Colorado Plateau REA MQ G2: Where are areas of potential development (e.g., under lease), including renewable energy sites and transmission corridors and where are potential conflicts with CEs? Colorado Plateau REA MQ I3: Where are the designated non-attainment areas and Class I PSD areas? Colorado National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project - Spatial Vegetation Data Canyonlands National Park Vegetation Mapping Project - Spatial Vegetation Data USGS 2016 SMunson and MDuniway: Rangeland Ecology Monitoring Data, Utah, 1967-2013 USGS 2016 SReed: Experimental Design Plant and Soil Measurement Data for Achnatherum hymenoides from a warming experiment, Colorado Plateau, 2011 - Data USGS 2016 SReed: Experimental Design Plant and Soil Measurement Data for Achnatherum hymenoides from a warming experiment, Colorado Plateau, 2011 - Data Colorado National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project - Spatial Vegetation Data NO gas loss from biologically crusted soils in Canyonlands National Park, Utah Canyonlands National Park Vegetation Mapping Project - Spatial Vegetation Data USGS 2016 SMunson and MDuniway: Rangeland Ecology Monitoring Data, Utah, 1967-2013 Point source data for coal in the John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation in the Kaiparowits Plateau study area Coal mine adits within the Kaiparowits Plateau study area, southern Utah Colorado Plateau REA Conservation Elements - Terrestrial Species: Golden Eagle Colorado Plateau REA Conservation Elements - Terrestrial Species: White-Tailed Prairie Dog Colorado Plateau REA Terrestrial Ecosystems Colorado Plateau REA MQ F2: Where are the areas of potential future encroachment from this invasive species? Colorado Plateau REA MQ G2: Where are areas of potential development (e.g., under lease), including renewable energy sites and transmission corridors and where are potential conflicts with CEs? Colorado Plateau REA MQ I3: Where are the designated non-attainment areas and Class I PSD areas? Colorado Plateau REA Change Agents - Development - Current, Near-Term, and Long-Term Potential High Landscape Development Colorado Plateau REA Conservation Elements: Potential Areas of High Terrestrial Biodiversity Colorado Plateau REA MQ D7: Where are HMAs located? The Colorado Plateau coal assessment study area