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    Author(s): Serena C. Hunter; Timothy E. Paysen
    Date: 1986
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-94. Berkeley, Calif.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    The Vegetation Classification System for California is an unbiased system of defining and naming units of vegetation. The concept was devised by an interagency, interdisciplinary team (Paysen and others 1980, 1982). The system derives its uniqueness from its impartiality to any particular agency or resource discipline, thus providing a long-needed link between diverse classification methodologies. The user must meet only three system rules: to identify accurately (preferably by species) the herbs, shrubs, and trees of the classification site; to understand the concept of a plant community as it relates to the system; and to be able to differentiate these communities on the ground.

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    Hunter, Serena C.; Paysen, Timothy E. 1986. Vegetation classification system for California: user's guide. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-94. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.


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