All of the natural living organisms in a planning area and their life processes. A resource classification category which subdivides the natural resources and properties into either the biotic or the abiotic (nonliving) entities and characteristics. Human activities are not usually grouped with either of these categories because they are not considered to be a part of a planning area's natural entities or characteristics. Nevertheless, native cultures have been actively influencing the course of biotic activity in some areas for centuries.
Biotic means living. A biotic community includes plants and animals. Biotic communities are named for the main plants that grow in them. An example from Sabino Canyon is the saguaro-paloverde community.