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    Oklahoma Tallgrass Prairie

Mapping vegetation in Oklahoma

Formal Title: “Common Ground” Landcover Classification: Oklahoma Ecological Systems Mapping

Research Focus: Vegetation mapping in Oklahoma

Conservation & Management Challenges:

The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative needs seamless landcover data for the south-central United States. This information is essential for developing computer modeling tools related to the conservation of many terrestrial species and determining the quality of vegetation to assess current and desired conditions.

Research Overview:

Developing this science is a priority for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. This project involves filling in critical gaps in information for a broader effort to map landcover throughout the south-central United States. This resource will provide baseline information to support all kinds of conservation efforts for this region, particularly those that involve evaluating the quality of vegetation that contributes to healthy ecological conditions and self-sustaining wildlife populations.


View the Oklahoma Ecological Systems mapping webinar presenting project results.

View or download the "Vegetation Classification Project: Interpretive Booklet" from Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation

View of download the "Descriptions of Systems, Mapping Subsystems, and Vegetation Types for Oklahoma" by Lee Elliott, June 2015

Access Oklahoma land classification datasets and mapping on the GCP Conservation Planning Atlas

Access reports of the Oklahoma vegetation mapping project on ScienceBase


The 2-year project was initiated in 2012 and completed in 2015. It was funded by the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative.


Principal Investigator: Allan Janus, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, 501 Life Sciences West, Stillwater, OK 74074

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506

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