Forestry ECS Worksheet Geodatabase

This data layer contains soil and vegetation data collected by DNR foresters, summer interns, and Ecologcial Classification System (ECS) program staff. The data support native plant community (NPC) mapping and facilitates use of NPC information to prescribe forest management activities. Data in this layer comprise NPC code, date collected, observer name, growth stage, equipment operability rating, soil surface texture and drainage, soil survey map unit and landtype association map unit. Additional data in a related database include: physical site characteristics, soil layer characteristics, vegetation cover and abundance of five life-form strata, lists of plants present in each strata, and cover and abundance of every woody species in two strata. Vegetation data is collected along transects about 80 meters long and 10 meters wide. Soil data and GPS coordinates are collected near the transect midpoint. Transects are placed where features are uniform and representative of the target NPC or stand, rather than in transition zones. After collecting data, the site is classified to NPC using "Field Guides to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota" version 2.0.<br/><br/>In NPC Points there are links to worksheets. For now, these point to the DNR intranet, so please contact Dan Hanson to request a worksheet.

Additional Info

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Last Updated May 17, 2019, 10:03
Created December 9, 2017, 11:02
dsAccessConst None
dsCurrentRef Time Period of Content date indicates the date which the user can be confident of accuracy and completeness of the dataset. Data entry begins every fall and is completed by the following spring. 1984 - present
dsMetadataUrl ftp://ftp.gisdata.mn.gov/pub/gdrs/data/pub/us_mn_state_dnr/biota_dnr_forestry_npc_obs/metadata/metadata.html
dsModifiedDate 2019-05-17 00:38:11
dsOriginator Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Division of Forestry - ECS Program
dsPeriodOfContent 5/16/2019
dsPurpose The ECS Worksheet database was developed to provide a statewide repository for vegetation data and the boundaries between native plant communities. The immediate purpose is to help foresters make maps of native plant communities. The ultimate purpose is to monitor vegetation change due to management or external factors such as climate change.

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