Land Use / Land Cover Codes

Sunday, June 25, 1995
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.
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