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Montana Land Cover Atlas: Land Cover Types


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I. Urban and Agricultural Lands

II. Grasslands

Herbaceous cover (HC) >15%, shrub cover <15%, & forest cover <10%

III. Shrublands

Shrub cover (SC)>15% & forest cover<10%; except 3500 classes where SC=HC

IV. Forest Lands

Forest cover >10%

V. Water

VI. Riparian Types

Sites clearly associated with riparian areas or woody draws

VII. Barren Lands

Sites with forest cover <10%, shrub cover <10%, and herbaceous cover <10%

VIII. Alpine

Vegetated sites above treeline

IX. Perennial Snow and Ice

X. Other


from: Montana GAP Analysis, Montana Land Cover Atlas, by Foster B. Fisher, Chris Winne, Michele M. Thornton, Troy P. Tady, Zhenkui Ma, Melissa M. Hart, and Roland L. Redmond. September 30, 1998.