Maps of land use and land cover are fundamental tools for natural
resource management and planning. These land use/cover codes
provide a standard system by which units of land can be categorized.
Land use/cover maps serve to: assess the area and distribution of individual land use/cover
categories (such as cropland and pasture, code 21), show the diversity of the landscape, contrast the land diversity of different regions, monitor changes in land use and/or cover over time.
The VGIS Land Use/Land Cover Codes have been developed to provide compatibility with existing USGS codes, provide codes tailored to Vermont's landscape, permit land coding at a various resolutions (local, regional and
state), avoid and clarify redundant classifications which depend on interpretation.