Cooperative Land Cover, Version 3.2 - published October 2016

The Florida Cooperative Land Cover Map (CLC) is a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) to develop ecologically-based statewide land cover from existing sources and expert review of aerial photography. The CLC is primarily funded by the Florida’s State Wildlife Grants program in support of The Florida State Wildlife Action Plan which identified improved habitat mapping as a priority data gap.

Beginning with the release of CLC v3.0, the Cooperative Land Cover Map will be revised continuously, with new versions being released every 6 – 12 months. FWC will now take lead on updating and maintaining the Cooperative Land Cover map. FNAI will continue to provide guidance for the classification of natural communities, and site specific data sources based on their mapping and revision efforts. The CLC follows the Florida Land Cover Classification System.

Major updates from version 3.1 to 3.2

  • Overall revisions to classes were conducted to correct for boundary errors, mislabeled classes, and hard edges between classes. Vector data was compared against high resolution Digital Ortho Quarter Quads (DOQQ) and Google Earth imagery.
  • Supervised and unsupervised classifications using SPOT V images were performed with the corrected polygon data as a guide for areas with complex land cover. Further visual inspections of classified areas were conducted for consistency, errors, and edge matching between image footprints.
  • The addition of updated data for 43 Park Service lands.
  • 9 Newly mapped Florida Forever Assessments and Florida Forever Proposals have been added.
  • Non-Vegetated Wetland, Cropland/Pasture, Urban Open Land, and High Pine and Scrub underwent further review and reclassification when appropriate.


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