LAND TYPE ASSOCIATIONS -- A LAND MANAGEMENT, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, AND RESOURCE PROTECTION TOOL
The delineation of the Land Type Associations (1:63,360 scale) for the Manti is based on the most important element and foundation: the geomorphic expression of the structural bedrock features that have been subsequently modified by glacial and fluvial processes. These bedrock structural features control the microclimate, thus the formation of soils, surface hydrology, and vegetation distribution, which is dependent upon the nutrients from the bedrock and surficial geology, thus defining the ecosystem. Ten Land Type Association Groups and 30 Land Type Associations define the Manti-LaSal National Forest.
Current uses and application of ecosystem mapping includes, not limited to, Forest Plan Revisions, producing EISs and EAs, recreational planning, fire management, grazing allotment delineation, visual resource management, timber suitability, hydrologic relationships, geologic hazards, land stability, archeological modeling, climatic modeling, disturbed land assessment, and wildlife habitat modeling.