This field reconnaissance was conducted in coordination with U.S. Forest Service personnel with the objective of visiting representative examples of all the major vegetation types, rare or unusual communities, and vegetation resulting from common forest management regimes. The classification has benefited enormously from the analysis of a large regional dataset, which integrated the work of numerous researchers. We hope that the issuance of this report will stimulate the need for contued vegetation survey work on these National Forests, which occupy critical areas in the globally significant Southern Blue Ridge ecoregion, and whose conservation is critical for maintaining the biodiversity of North Carolina
- NatureServe. 2004. International Ecological Classification Standard: Terrestrial Ecological Classifications. Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest Final Report. NatureServe Central Databases. Arlington, VA and NatureServe Ecology South. Durham, NC. Data current as of April 30, 2004.