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Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

How to Find the Ecological Systems in a Specific Area

One can obtain information about the ecological systems in specific areas from several sources.  With the USGS National Gap Analysis Program’s Land Cover Data Viewer , one can look on-screen at the ecological systems mapped in any area of interest.  One can also download landcover data from the USGS National Gap Analysis Program’s Data Viewer for use in a geographic information system, but only for a county, a state, a landscape conservation cooperative area, or a multi-state region of the U.S.  The USGS National Gap Analysis Program’s Data Viewer will also produce a table showing the amount of each ecological system in a county, a state, or a landscape conservation cooperative area.

From a second USGS web site, that of the Northwestern Regional Gap Analysis Project , one can also download the landcover data for the five-state northwestern region and for Wyoming, for use with a geographic information system.

The Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management (WISDOM) System of the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center also displays the ecological systems as mapped by the USGS Gap Analysis Program.  A user can outline an area of interest and see the map of ecological systems for that area, on screen, and save an image of the landcover in that area, as a JPEG file or as part of a report in a PDF file.  The WISDOM System does not, though, allow one to download landcover data.

The landcover layer from the LANDFIRE program also is available on-line, as an alternative to the layer from the USGS’s Gap Analysis Program.  Ecological systems are mapped in the Existing Vegetation Types layer of LANDFIRE.

More-specific information about ecological systems in our neighboring states of Montana and Colorado are available on the web sites of the Montana Natural Heritage Program and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, respectively.  These descriptions likely will be useful to people interested in the ecological systems in Wyoming.

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Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

1000 E. University Ave.

Department 3381

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3023


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