USNVC Field Key

Mobile Field Key for the US National Vegetation Classification

Overview

The USNVC Mobile Field Key is designed to allow identification of common vegetation types in the field within the US National Vegetation Classification (USNVC). The vegetation types included in these keys are those that commonly occur on Bureau of Land Management lands in portions of the intermountain West.

For more information on the scope of the field keys and how to use them, visit the help page on the USNVC Field Key site.

Value

The U.S. National Vegetation Classification is a hierarchical system designed to classify existing vegetation (i.e., plant cover, floristic composition, and vegetation structure occurring in a specific place) on the basis of both physiognomic and floristic criteria. The National Vegetation Classification provides a common language for the effective management and conservation of plant communities and can help support a wide variety management applications.

The USNVC Mobile Field Key allows users to easily identify common vegetation types in the field from the convenience of their mobile phone. Users can follow the key through a series of couplets and navigate from the Division level to the Macrogroup level, and then Group level, down to the USNVC Alliance level.

Features & Benefits

The USNVC Mobile Field Key is simple and easy to use in the field on any mobile device, and online or offline. Features include:

  • Geographic regions: the keys available in the USNVC Mobile Field Key are made for a particular regional or geogrpahic area. Currently, the vegetation types incuded in these keys are those that commonly occur on Bureau of Land Management lands in portions of the intermountain West.
  • Ecological levels: the UNSVC Mobile Field Key focuses on four mid and lower levels of ecological context relevant to identification of vegetation in the field. Those four levels are Division, Macrogroup, Group, and Alliance.
  • Offline use: Using the USNVC Mobile Field Key offline is simple. Users need only to open the ecoregional key in their mobile device while online prior to going offline. 

For more details on the scope of the information provided in the keys, and how to use it offline, visit the UNSVC Mobile Filed Key help page.