APRIL 2014 STAFF PICKS
LANDFIRE has grown into a body of innovations, experiences, analyses and tools that express the needs and creativity of large landscape managers, conservationists, scientists and planners.
The LANDFIRE Program site offers a few examples of application projects and data uses. For the Conservation Gateway, we have selected a few of the hundreds of reports and case studies that have been written and recorded by practitioners, science communities, land managers and project leaders from across the United States, and have posted them in the Summary Stories and Library sections. Searching by key words, locations, and looking at the WHAM! map will help you find more resources.
On this page we ask one of our TNC-LANDFIRE scientists to choose a few favorites among the hundreds of recent publications, videos and reports he or she is reading and viewing. A different staff member offers selections each month, so check back regularly. Check out the bonus at the end of the page, too.
Who is Jim? Jim leads the LANDFIRE project at TNC. He earned a BS in Timber Management and MS Forest Biometrics from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Forest Biometrics and Remote Sensing from Virginia Tech. He spent the next 13 years on the Forestry faculty at Virginia Tech. Jim has also worked in the commercial sector, and was the head of Forest Information Systems development for Champion Paper Company and International Paper Company. He has published in such prestigious journals as Fire Ecology, Forest Science, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Forest Research and the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Among his many professional awards are the 2009 John Wesley Powell Award from USGS, Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI, John I. Davidson Award for Practical Papers from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and a University Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech. In 2011, the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association named their early career scientist award after Jim, the James L. Smith Medal.
Visualizing Landscape Conservation Forecasting by Joel Tuhy, Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy's Utah Chapter. It's the very best explanation of the "Departure" metric I have ever seen, accomplished without a single word of text on the screen. Tuhy provides a visual introduction to Landscape Conservation ForecastingTM (LCF) which uses remote sensing, predictive ecological models, and cost-benefit assessments to develop a landscape-scale conservation action plan.
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