Ecological Potential Vegetation State

Dichotomous key was used to convert Ecological Potential (EP) fractional component cover to vegetation state types.

Five vegetation states were defined:

Perennial Grassland

Native Sagebrush Steppe

Sage Shrubland

Non-Sage Shrubland

Sparsely Vegetated

* Two additional vegetation states (Annual Grassland and Invaded Sagebrush Steppe) were defined in the 2018 vegetation state layer, but not in the Ecological Potential vegetation state. These states were omitted because Ecological Potential annual herbaceous cover was assumed to be zero.