Because land managers and other professionals have been using LANDFIRE spatial data since 2004, the gold mine of methods, use ideas and potential contacts is impossible to track. In this section of the LANDFIRE Gateway site, we suggest ways to find and explore LANDFIRE applications.

Quick Resources

Application SNAPSHOTS, next page: thumbnail reports presented in short templateS that includes citations, abstracts, maps, and photos.

LANDFIRE YouTube channel: playlists Webinars and Applications/Case Studies.

LANDFIRE publications library on Gateway.

The WHAM! (Web-Hosted Applications Map): 100+ applications in a Google Map format, e.g., zoom, pan, click, and learn. The WHAM! is updated annually; look for new stories and more resources in early 2018. If you lack time to click on WHAM! bubbles, download the pdf.

Below on this page: Short interviews with a few of of LANDFIRE's most prolific and innovative product users. 

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Featured Applications

Keeping fuel data current over time is a continual challenge for wildland fire managers. Natural events like wildfires and hurricanes, and human activities such as forest thinning, prescribed fire, and development constantly change the landscape and quickly render fuel data out of date.
Biannually, LF provides a data safety net by producing updated all-lands fuels products for the U.S.; however, those data are two to three years old when they are delivered. Further, while they provide a good starting point, the products are designed for national and regional level application -- local review and calibration is recommended to ensure that the data are suitable for smaller landscapes.
In 2015, the South Central Idaho Fire Planning Unit (FPU) needed current data after four major fires burned 178,000 acres in 2013. However, the 2013 events would not be reflected before the circa 2014 version was completed and made available in 2017. How did the area fire staff, working with a team of LF and USFS colleagues, bring the 2012 fuel data current to 2015 for the FPU? And, what process did they use to calibrate fire behavior fuel models to better fit local conditions? Read the article by Kori Blankenship, Tony Beauchaine and Don Helmbrecht in Wildfire Magazine. 

Biscuit fire photo
The forests of western North America have innate ecological value, provide diverse wildlife habitats, underpin the global carbon and water cycles, and provide human communities with clean water, recreation, and other benefits. Landscape-scale forest restoration is needed to mitigate threats to these forests and surrounding communities from uncharacteristically destructive fires catalyzed by a century of fire exclusion, past destructive logging practices, and climate change. This report describes the collaboratively-derived Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy, which integrates resource assessments conducted by the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative and partners to clarify the potential costs and benefits of landscape-scale forest restoration in the Rogue Basin.

In Appendix 3 (p. 61), the authors describe the process of modifying LF2012 data for local use. Several data sources are listed as resources; Several data sources are listed; LANDFIRE was the backbone of their vegetation and fuel data. Summary, details and links
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User Interviews

LANDFIRE Bulletins and Postcards often feature interviews with "super users" who have relied on LF tools and data for major projects. Click "Postcard" to see the month's publication, which includes additional LF news. Click "interview pdf" to download the interview document only.


Marion Reid photoVegetation Ecology Meets LF Data. Vegetation ecologist Marion Reid is the NatureServe project manager overseeing a multi-year year effort to support the LF team in new mapping of the U.S. of ecological systems and National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Groups, and is contributing to the development of a Guidebook to the NVC for BLM. An "LF Lifer," she's collaborated with LF since the early 2000's on the first iterations of the auto-keys, and was involved in the first iterations of BpS model development in the west. She's "been there, done that," so why is the LF Reference Database is her favorite product? Read the interview pdf.  March 2018 postcard. 


BigDave profile picresized.png Data, Big Applications. Dave Cleland, landscape ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Forest and Range Management and Vegetation Ecology, Washington Office says that "LANDFIRE has the most consistent and I think best data available nationally on fire regimes, biophysical settings, and vegetative departures and dynamics." A LF "pioneer," Dave has held positions as a Forest Soil Scientist, Forest Ecologist, Research Liaison, Regional Ecologist, Research Ecologist, and Assistant National Vegetation Ecologist over the course of his career. Interview. February 2018 postcard.


Supporting Users, Creating BpS Models Fire Ecologist Kori Blankenship joined LF in 2004 as a GIS specialist at the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, then moved to The Nature Conservancy's LF team in 2005. In her decade-plus at TNC, she has facilitated the creation of hundreds of vegetation models for ecosystems across the US. Her specialty is applying LF products to addressing land management challenges on large landscapes through data customization, user support, and outreach efforts.  Interview pdf. January 2018 postcard.

Connecting Users and Mappers in Northeastern U.S.
Megan Sebasky, Northeast Region's (USFS Region 9) LF Coordinator, joined the Wisconsin DNR in March 2017 as Northeast's LF Coordinator - a new position supported by a State and Private Forestry grant to the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact. Novermber 2017 Postcard Interview pdf.


SBcolor.jpg Landscape-scale Analysis Essential to Success of Watershed Projects: Rio Grande Water Fund  Steve Bassett, Spatial Analyst and GIS Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Santa Fe, NM, works conservation projects ranging from optimizing investment in water source protection to measuring changes in aquatic habitats following the construction of dams. PostcardInterview pdf.


Alexa cropped and resized.jpg LANDFIRE & GAP: Partnership Addresses Challenges of Land Cover Mapping  Alexa McKerrow, ecologist and remote sensing analyst,joined the USGS National Gap Analysis Program in the 1990s. She leads a team of geographic information specialists on a variety of projects for the Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Program. On the Remap strategy team, Alexa works on updates to the methods and workflow for producing a new Existing Vegetation Type. PostcardInterview pdf.


Nicole.png Evaluating the US Forest Service Hazardous Fuels Treatment Program  USFS Fire Ecologist Nicole Vaillant's interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, burn severity patterns, fuel treatment effectiveness, and wildfire risk analysis. She is involved with tech transfer and training for fuel management tools, e.g. ArcFuels and the Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS). Postcard.   Interview pdf.

Future Forest Dynamics Across the USJennifer_Costanza.jpg  Among Landscape Ecologist Jen Costanza's research interests are the ecological effects of global change, land change modeling and landscape conservation.She is working to produce future projections of forest conditions for the Forest Service’s Resources Planning Act Assessment. Postcard.   Interview pdf.

Quantifying Rangeland Fuels, Production, and Carbon Research Ecologist Matt Reeves is with the USFS Human Dimensions Program, specializing in using remote sensing and GIS to evaluate issues facing U.S. rangelands.  LF data are integral to the Rangeland Vegetation Simulator (RVS), a cutting-edge program for quantifying rangeland fuels, production, carbon and degradation. Postcard.


Greg Low1.jpg Maps, Models, Metrics  Greg Low, founder/partner of Applied Conservation LLC provides consulting and facilitation services to public agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, private landowners, and others. He specializes in forecasting, implementation, environmental dashboards, and organizational development in large landscapes, 50k-1m acres. Postcard.   Interview pdf.


Josh.jpg Remap: Creating a New LF Base Map Josh Picotte is a fire specialist with ASRC Federal-InuTeq, Science Support Services Contract (SSSC) to the U.S. Geological Survey at the EROS Center in Sioux Falls, SD. As a member of the LF Remap Strategy Team, Josh is working to create a new base map data suite that represents contemporary conditions. Postcard.


Margit Bucher Restoring Fire in the Southeast Fire Manager Margit Bucher of The Nature Conservancy, is a founder and current board member of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council, and co-lead for the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network. She oversees the fire management program on 50,000 acres of TNC lands in North Carolina. Disturbance ecology, understanding how ecosystems function, and the application of that knowledge to inform wildland management are her specialties. Margit is a burn boss and fire manager. Postcard.

 Jordan Long is a remote sensing scientist with Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT, Inc.), Technical Support Services Contractor to USGS/EROS in Sioux Falls, SD. Additional specialties include environmental analysis, impact assessment, monitoring and modeling, geography, geographic information systems, and cartography. Postcard.