Problem Statement:Existing vegetation maps across the state are variable in scope and quality. There is an urgent need to coordinate vegetation mapping activities to minimize redundancy and conflicts.
Resolution:Implementation of consist classification and mapping standards across public agencies and private industry will allow for summarization and comparison of vegetation resources across the state.
AGC VTWG Mission:The VTWG will evaluate and recommend standards, classification systems, inventory methods, refresh schedules, and data management needs to the AGC with the purpose of guiding public agencies and private industry on approaches for vegetation inventory and mapping in the state of Alaska.
AGC VTWG Approach:The AGC Technical Working Group will use the following three guiding principles and actions to advance vegetation mapping in Alaska:
1. Share technology and expertise
- Leverage AGC partner expertise to develop consistent classification and mapping standards for use in future mapping projects.
- Assess, evaluate and adapt current national and state standards to develop a consistent vegetation classification.
- Encourage partners and stakeholders to utilize and contribute to a common system.
2. Develop partnerships
- Strengthen interagency cooperation to leverage resources and expand the application and utility of mapping efforts.
- Facilitate development of funding strategies.
- Enable data production, sharing, and management.
- Reduce redundancy and foster collaboration across agencies.
3. Serve as a unified regional voice
- Promote collaborative vegetation mapping in Alaska.
- Enable development of a communication, outreach, and advocacy strategy.
- Facilitate knowledge transfer related to vegetation mapping processes.