Presenter: Jim Smith, LANDFIRE Project Lead
LANDFIRE -- Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools -- is an innovative program designed to create and periodically update comprehensive vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics data using a consistent process for the United States. LANDFIRE developed quantitative vegetation models and comprehensive ecological descriptions for all major vegetation systems in the US (Biophysical Settings, or BpS), and a suite of GIS tools that help landscape and resource managers make the most of these powerful products.
Because LANDFIRE can be applied in both fire and non-fire situations, the data, reports, images, maps, and other tools support climate change research, carbon studies, habitat analysis and protection, state forest assessments and more. LANDFIRE‘s data quality and ease-of-access supports department, agency and organization planning activities, and are particularly effective effective when running scenarios and developing management plans.
LANDFIRE supports the Conservation Biology Institute’s mission to provide scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service. We’d like to introduce LANDFIRE (or refresh the memories of those who have heard about us), and by way of this two-part series, show you how LANDFIRE can help you do your work.