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Bryce Canyon National Park

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The overall objectives of the research are: 1) to develop a comprehensive classification for all stages of successional development for all vegetation types within the Park, 2) to map the potential vegetation and current vegetation types throughout the Park, 3) to develop a simple succession model for predicting vegetation dynamics for each vegetation type in the Park, and 4) to map distributions of rare or endangered plant species within the Park. The combination of these objectives will provide Park managers with a predictive tool for Park management, and will provide vegetation ecologists with a comprehensive knowledge of the landscape vegetation dynamics of a range of vegetation types.