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. In many cases, the composition of representative vegetation at these sites was quantified through the establishment of standardized vegetation plots. The vegetation classification produced through this agreement will form the foundation for continuing use of the USNVC on U.S. Forest Service lands in Region 8 for natural resource planning and management. Future refinements, revisions, and additions will be made to this classification based on review by Forest Service personnel, review of other vegetation studies, and continuing analysis of data collected.
- NatureServe. 2004. International Ecological Classification Standard: Terrestrial Ecological Classifications. National Forests of Northern Mississippi (Delta, Holly Springs, Tombigbee) Final Report. NatureServe Central Databases. Arlington, VA and NatureServe Ecology South. Durham, NC. Data current as of April 30, 2004.