LANDFIRE is everywhere ...

... and we just can't keep up. Across LANDFIRE's Gateway site, we post a few materials that colleagues and fellow practitioners have found helpful and which we think are worth pointing out; they are far from comprehensive. Try using Google Scholar, too, with this caveat: some titles pop up that are not related to OUR LANDFIRE - be sure to check closely.

Subsections of this "Resources" section on Gateway are at left and below:

LANDFIRE Publications (we generated them),

Publications (selected bibliography),

Videos (LANDFIRE YouTube resources, including tutorials).

If you need a specific resource, please contact us for help at any time. 


Guides and Tutorials


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LANDFIRE tools and data can be used in a myriad of ways, each of which has a learning curve, just as all datasets and tools do. In the Guides and Tutorials section you will find documents and videos that are designed to help users solve problems and support scenario planning.  

Latest guide:

Modifying LANDFIRE Geospatial Data for Local Applications



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LANDFIRE mails a monthly "postcard" with announcements, product releases, helpdesk inquiries and responses, interviews with Super Users, recommended publications and more.

August 2019:  Release of South Central LF Remap products, Southwest Remap webinar schedule, interview with NatureServe's Pat Comer, newsy tidbits and recommendations. 

July 2019: MoD-FIS provisional products release, fire analysis map, Q & A with rock star Tim Christiansen, autumn LF Remap webinars, veg cover advice, more.

June 2019: SW Remap and MoD-FIS releases, Total Fuels Change tool.

May 2019: Release of new Remap products in the Southwest, BpS models & fire trends, interview with Colin Daniel, VDEP explained, James L. Smith Medal, and more

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NEWS



LF Remap Products for Northwest, Southwest, and South Central U.S. Now Available


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The first LANDFIRE base map LANDFIRE (LF) National product suite was developed using data circa 2001. Landscape change never ceases, and although LF National products were updated regularly, the base map is more than 15 years old.
 
To ensure the data remain relevant, LF is developing a new base map product suite that will represent 2016 ground conditions. Called LANDFIRE Remap, this effort is designed to produce vegetation and fuels data that inform wildland fire and ecological decision systems. Products are being released incrementally starting in January 2019 through 2020. As of August 2019, Northwest, Southwest, and South Central regional products have been delivered. 

Read the article. See release schedule.

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Remap Offers First National Application of 

National Vegetation Classification

Working in partnership with the National Gap Analysis Program, LANDFIRE is pleased to announce a “new” product that that is now available in the existing vegetation product suite. In addition to improvements to the Existing Vegetation Type (EVT), Existing Vegetation Cover (EVC), and Existing Vegetation Height (EVH) products, the release of LF Remap offers the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) product.

Context: in addition to the Ecological Systems products LF has provided in the past, “group” level vegetation products tied to the National Vegetation Classification Standard (NVCS) are now offered independently. (Within the NVC hierarchy, “groups” are defined as combinations of relatively narrow sets of diagnostic plant species, including dominants and co-dominants, broadly similar composition, and diagnostic growth forms.) This NVC mapping work is the first national application of the standard with tangible, usable products.

Full story. NVC background, LF timing, user impacts, future implications.



Spring MoD-FIS.jpgProduct Releases: 2019 Summer MoD-FIS provisional products for the Great Basin and Southwest regions of the U.S. 

Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS) seasonally modulates fuel model data and incorporates seasonal variability of herbaceous cover. These fine fuel measurements are then used to capture changes to fire behavior fuel models based on the current fire season herbaceous production. Released multiple times per year on a provisional basis, the products are available on the LF Data Distribution Site. Southwest and Great Basin are available. Find out more about MoD-FIS products on the LF website.  July 2019


 
 
The Department of the Interior

Environmental Achievement Awards: 

LANDFIRE Program is "Environmental Dream Team"

Environmental Dream Team awardAnnually, the Department of the Interior (DOI) presents Environmental Achievement Awards that recognize employees, teams, and partners who have attained exceptional environmental achievements that go above and beyond the person's or team's regular, expected duties. The DOI presented the 2017 Environmental Dream Team award to LANDFIRE, in recognition as being "environmental champions and agents of change who work across organizational boundaries to enhance environmental stewardship, create efficiencies, improve communication, avoid or address conflict at the lowest levels, or reduce environmental review times."  

Details regarding criteria, comments, achievements



LFDAT Compatible with ArcGIS 10.3 - 10.5 

The LF Data Access Tool (LFDAT) is an ArcGIS toolbar that allows users to interact with the LF data distribution site (DDS) and download LF data directly from ArcMap. Once the data are downloaded, it can automatically process the data into raster formats ready for analysis.

LFDAT allows an ArcGIS user to drag a box in an ArcMap session to define a download area, select the desired LF layers, and then download data from the DDS for the specified extent rectangle. The downloaded zip files can be from any number of LF layers, can include single piece or multiple- piece downloads, and can include layers from any number of different spatial extent rectangles. Once all the data of interest have been downloaded, the LFDAT Smart Assembler will batch unzip the files, merge multiple-piece layers back into a single output layer if necessary, and reattach attribute fields to the output raster attribute tables. Output raster layers can be generated in ESRI GRID, Erdas Imagine, or GeoTiff formats.



Fuel Data Product: MoD-FIS

Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System


The LF team at the USGS EROS Center released new provisional products for the Great Basin and Southwest regions of the United States that capture the seasonal nature of fuels in this region. Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS) incorporates seasonal variability of herbaceous cover (i.e. cheatgrass) to capture changes to fire behavior fuel models based on the current fire season herbaceous production.

Using current and historic Normalized Difference Vegetation Index data from the Landsat archive, LF developed a process to map current year herbaceous cover compared to historic averages. The result is updated Existing Vegetation Cover, Existing Vegetation Height, and Fire Behavior Fuel Model layers that reflect the current fire season herbaceous cover and resultant fuel availability.
 
These products are released multiple times per year, on a provisional basis, for all regions except the furthest north.

Read more about MoD-FIS on the LF website.  
Read the MoD-FIS Comprehensive Plan and article How MoD-FIS Was Done 
Related: LF Drought-Based Fuel Dynamic Methods for the Southeast U.S.     



LANDFIRE's Data Product Review Website

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Review LANDFIRE data products and submit feedback and suggestions on a number of them via the Data Product Review website. Based on a content management platform, it is designed to provide a dynamic web experience. Feedback and suggestions are reviewed both within and outside of the LANDFIRE program, with the goal of improving mapping updates and remaps. 
 
Over the years, LANDFIRE had conducted a nation-wide series of physical calibration that solicited input on Fire Behavior Fuel Model (FBFM) mapping rule relationships and enabled direct communication among specialists and experts.  While the series was a success, it was also challenging due to attendees' travel, time and budget constraints. Given the success of other efforts to improve data sets (Alaska Guidebook, SE SWRA updates) the LANDFIRE program developed this web-based database to facilitate improved product review.

The site's landing page provides the overview and navigation tabs; the "What's New" section lists new features, fixes, and updates.

It's an iterative, evolving site with continually expanding functionality. Visit often.


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