VegBank - Vegetation Plot Database

Latest version published by United States Geological Survey on Aug 31, 2016 United States Geological Survey
Publication date:
31 August 2016
CC0 1.0

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VegBank is the vegetation plot database of the Ecological Society of America's Panel on Vegetation Classification. VegBank consists of three linked databases that contain (1) the actual plot records, (2) vegetation types recognized in the U.S. National Vegetation Classification and other vegetation types submitted by users, and (3) all plant taxa recognized by ITIS/USDA as well as all other plant taxa recorded in plot records. Vegetation records, community types and plant taxa may be submitted to VegBank and may be subsequently searched, viewed, annotated, revised, interpreted, downloaded, and cited.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Peet, R.K., M.T. Lee, M.D. Jennings, D. Faber-Langendoen (eds). 2013. VegBank: The vegetation plot archive of the Ecological Society of America.; searched on [Day, Month, Year].


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is United States Geological Survey. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

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Michael Lee
  • Originator
Project Manager Developer
VegBank, University of North Carolina - Dept of Biology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
V5L 2L6 Vancouver
British Columbia
Elizabeth Sellers
  • Metadata Provider
Technical Information Specialist - Biology
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mailstop 302
20192 Reston
+1 (703) 648 4385
Robert Peet
  • Point Of Contact
Principal Investigator - VegBank
VegBank, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
(919) 962-6942
Robert K. Peet
  • Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator
VegBank, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Dept. Biology, CB#3280
27599-3280 Chapel Hill
North Carolina

Geographic Coverage

Contiguous United States. Bounding box provided is not specific.

Bounding Coordinates South West [25.61, -127.07], North East [49.52, -65.59]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Plantae (plants)

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