The Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project – LANDFIRE – is an innovative project designed to create and periodically update comprehensive vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics data using a consistent process for the United States, including Alaska and Hawai'i.
LANDFIRE developed quantitative vegetation models and comprehensive ecological descriptions for all major vegetation systems in the US, and a suite of GIS tools that will help fire and resource managers utilize the products effectively.
Access the full range of tools, data and resources at the LANDFIRE Program web site. TNC-LANDFIRE's offerings on this Conservation Gateway site are continually updated and include hundreds of postings, documents, links to resources, tutorials, guides, and other resources.
- Complete for the entire U.S.
- Incredibly rich suite of spatial data and vegetation models
- Developed using consistent methods across the entire country
- Free and accessible online—ready for use almost immediately
- Adaptability to fire and non-fire applications
- Support and educational materials are readily available to users
- Spatial layers that change over time (vegetation, fuels, etc.) will be periodically updated for the foreseeable future.
Remember: like all datasets, LANDFIRE is not perfect; however, it is constantly improving and benefits from users' input. Click on the Contribute Data tab on the LANDFIRE Program website to see how you can participate in the process.
MORE than Fire
LANDFIRE's suite of tools, models and digital map layers -- the first complete, nationally consistent collection of resources with an ecological foundation -- are valuable resources for those working on land management issues, scenario planning and budgeting. LANDFIRE models and spatial layers have been used in numerous and varied conservation applications such as
Statewide Forest Assessments
analysing the impact of habitat fragmentation on bobcat populations in California
looking at how climate change could affect flora and fauna in the northern Sierra
maintaining habitat for viable populations of bighorn sheep in Washington State
Rangeland ecological assessments
Grassland bird habitat
Establishing cougar population viability based on habitat health and hunting practice.
Selected publications and reports regarding "beyond fire" applications are posted in the Gateway Library and in the Applications section. And the WHAM! (Web-Hosted Application Map) details more than 60 on-the-ground projects where LANDFIRE tools and data were used.
LANDFIRE products are available for free public download.
Details and help are available via the LANDFIRE Program website and/or by contacting any member of the TNC-LANDFIRE team.
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