Title: Classification of Vegetation Communities of Maryland
Classification of Vegetation
Communities of Maryland: First Iteration
A Subset of the International Classification of Ecological
Communities: Terrestrial Vegetation of the United States
The author of this report was responsible for crosswalking the current
National Vegetation Classification to the 1998 Maryland Vegetation
Classification (Berdine 1998) and to more recent vegetation classification work
in Maryland. This subset report of the International Classification of
Ecological Communities (ICEC) reflects vegetation alliances and associations
currently attributed to, and those that are potential to Maryland. These data
were extracted from The Natural Heritage Central Databases housed by NatureServe.
A fully searchable and periodically updated on-line source for the ICEC is at
Alliance and association text in this document were adapted from The Natural
Heritage Central Databases. In addition, portions of the introductory text
describing the classification background, hierarchy, applications, nomenclature
and database fields were modified from Weakley et al. (1998) and Weakley et al. (1997). The vegetation alliances
and associations presented here represent the Maryland portion of a more
comprehensive classification of the terrestrial vegetation of the United States
developed by NatureServe and its member programs. NatureServe (formerly called
"Association for Biodiversity Information" ("ABI")) is an international
organization including NatureServe regional offices, a NatureServe central
office, U.S. State Natural Heritage Programs, and Conservation Data Centres
(CDC) in Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean.
These data are extracted from:
NatureServe. 2003. International Classification of Ecological Communities:
Terrestrial Vegetation. Natural Heritage Central Databases. NatureServe,
Copyright © 2003 NatureServe, 1101 Wilson Blvd, 15th
Arlington, VA 22209, U.S.A. All Rights Reserved.
This report may be cited as:
Harrison, J.W. 2004. Classification of vegetation communities of Maryland:
First iteration. NatureServe and Maryland Natural Heritage Program, Wildlife and
Heritage Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Annapolis, MD.