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Vegetation structure and composition in the Wassuk Range, Sweetwater Mountains, and east slope of the Sierra Nevada, Nevada and California

These data document vegetation structure and composition during the late spring and summer growing season in canyons throughout three mountain ranges in the western Great Basin (Mineral, Douglas, and Lyon Counties, Nevada; and Alpine and Mono Counties, California): the Wassuk Range, Sweetwater Mountains, and east slope of the Sierra Nevada. Data on trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants were collected in 2012 and 2013 at 158 locations where breeding birds were surveyed annually from 2012 through 2014 or 2015. These types of vegetation data again were collected, with slightly different methods, in 2016, 2017, and 2018 at 161 locations where breeding birds were surveyed annually from 2016–2018. Data on the the prevalence of cheatgrass were collected from 2012 through 2014 to supplement data collected via measurements of ground vegetation, and data on the presence of all trees and shrubs were collected in 2017. The great majority of the locations were consistent over the period of record. Data include but are not limited to estimates of cover of trees (live and dead, differentiated by species), shrubs (differentiated by species), native grasses and forbs (generally not differentiated by species), and cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum); and identity and sizes or size classes of trees (live and standing dead). With the exception of the distinct cheatgrass measurements, vegetation at the great majority of locations was measured twice.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-119.608264 38.630361, -118.627489 38.630361, -118.627489 38.058122, -119.608264 38.058122))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Nevada: Sweetwater Mountains, Wassuk Range (Mineral, Douglas, and Lyon Counties); California: east slope of the Sierra Nevada (Alpine and Mono Counties)
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Contact Name
Fleishman, Erica
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 04/04/2020 - 01:15

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U.S. Forest Service