About National Land Cover Database

The NLCD provides nationwide data on land cover and land cover change at a 30m resolution with a 16-class legend based on a modified Anderson Level II classification system. The database is designed to provide cyclical updates of United States land cover and associated changes. Systematically aligned over time, the database provides the ability to understand both current and historical land cover and land cover change, and enables monitoring and trend assessments. The latest evolution of NLCD products are designed for widespread application in biology, climate, education, land management, hydrology, environmental planning, risk and disease analysis, telecommunications and visualization.

The NLCD is developed by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) consortium, a group of federal agencies who coordinate and generate consistent and relevant land cover information at the national scale for a wide variety of environmental, land management, and modeling applications. The creation of this consortium has resulted in the mapping of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico into a comprehensive land cover product termed, the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), from decadal Landsat satellite imagery and other supplementary datasets.

Functionality of this Map

With this map view you can perform the following functions:

To zoom in on a particular reservation, begin typing its name into the search bar and click the correct name from the drop down.

To see a full list of reservations, open the attribute table from the bottom of the screen.

From the attribute table, you can click on a particular reservation and then select “Zoom to” and the map extent will change accordingly.

basemap.png To change the basemap.

layers.png To see a list of layers available in the map, and to change their visibility.

measure.png To measure distances or areas.

 To draw points, lines, or polygons on the map.

print.png To export the map to a pdf.

legend.png To view a legend for the land cover types and types of change.


View the National Land Cover Database Dashboard

For detailed statistics for each Native Land Area derived form NLCD go to our dedicated Data Dashboard