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Published by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, 2011 in conjunction with the University of Kansas and NatureServe

36 x 24 inches


United States government work. Public domain material.


Homestead National Monument was created in 1936 to celebrate the significance of the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land to claimants. This was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. The site is the first tract homesteaded under the act by Daniel Freemen, and encompasses 184 acres in Gage County, west of Beatrice, Nebraska.

This unique site also hosts the oldest prairie restoration in the National Park system and the second-oldest tallgrass prairie restoration known. This park unit also has a small remnant of native tallgrass prairie and remnants of bur oak woodland. These plant communities and other features are mapped below. The project is part of the Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Park Service, which provides park managers with critical information on natural resources. A long-term goal of this program is to provide baseline inventories of the biological and geophysical resources for all natural resource parks. Using GIS software and incorporating aerial photography and satellite data, researchers determined and mapped the 10 vegetation and map classes based on the National Vegetation Classification System. Plot data were collected to ensure map accuracy.

This project was conducted by Kelly Kindscher, Hayley Kilroy, Jennifer Delisle, Quinn Long, Hillary Loring, and Kevin Dobbs of the Kansas Biological Survey, and Jim Drake of NatureServe. A peer-reviewed report that provides details on this mapping project and the plant communities is available at: and in this repository.

Description: Large color graphic poster of Homestead National Monument of America Vegetation Mapping Project vegetation map.