95th ESA Annual Meeting (August 1 -- 6, 2010)

OPS 3 - Interacting with the National Vegetation Classification – A Window on the Ecological Landscape of the United States.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall A, David L Lawrence Convention Center
Alexa McKerrow
In 2008, a revised U.S. National Vegetation Classification Standard was adopted by the Federal Geographic Data Committee. This revised standard replaces the 1997 version, and represents a major breakthrough in vegetation science in the United States. The standard will be maintained through a dynamic process that allows for broad participation in the development of the classification through time. Since its adoption, the initial content of the NVC and the infrastructure necessary to support it are rapidly evolving, and its applications to basic and applied science are steadily growing, including mapping, monitoring and assessment. This session will be interactive, allowing the audience to speak directly with ecologists involved in implementing the NVC. The posters will provide the framework to guide discussions but the expectation is that the audience will have many questions related to the new standard. The goal is to have a round robin style poster session where the participants spend a specific amount of time at each poster station prior to moving to the next station. The format will foster the one-on-one interaction and provide the audience with a more personalized experience related to the vegetation classification.
4:30 PM
The structure of the revised national vegetation classification hierarchy
David Tart, U.S. Forest Service; Don Faber-Langendoen, NatureServe; Andrew Gray, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; Bruce W. Hoagland, University of Oklahoma; Otto Huber, CoroLab Humboldt, Venezuela; Carmen Josse, NatureServe; Sherm Karl, Bureau of Land Management; Todd Keeler-Wolf, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Del Meidinger, BC Ministry of Forests and Range; Serguei Ponomarenko, NatureServe Canada; Jean-Pierre Saucier, Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec; Alejandro Velazquez-Montes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Alan S. Weakley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4:50 PM
Vegbank: A permanent open-access archive for vegetation plot data
Michael Lee, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; Michael Jennings, University of Idaho; Robert K. Peet, University of North Carolina
5:00 PM
Using legacy datasets to analyze changes in vegetation distribution: examples and considerations
Rosie Yacoub, California Department of Fish and Game; Todd Keeler-Wolf, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; James H. Thorne, University of California, Davis
5:10 PM
The national vegetation classification: Implementation and outreach for the state of Oklahoma
Todd Fagin, Coordinate Solutions, Inc.; Bruce W. Hoagland, University of Oklahoma