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, including Alaska and Hawai'i.
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.
This short video (1.5 minutes) provides a concise introduction to the LANDFIRE Program that shows how our tools, data and products are used to support analysis and management of large landscapes across the U.S.
- Complete for the entire U.S.
- Incredibly rich suite of spatial data and vegetation models
- Developed using consistent methods across the country
- Free and accessible online—ready for use almost immediately
- Adaptability to fire and non-fire applications
- Periodic data updates to spatial layers that change over time
LANDFIRE datasets are constantly improving and benefit from users' input. See the Contribute Data section on the LANDFIRE Program website to see how you can add your expertise.
The full range of tools, data and resources are on the LANDFIRE Program web site. Here on the Conservation Gateway, we continually post and update hundreds of publications, reports, resource links, tutorials, guides, maps, videos and more.
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
Developing statewide forest assessments
Analysing the impact of habitat fragmentation on bobcat populations
Looking at how climate change could affect flora and fauna
Maintaining habitat for viable populations of bighorn sheep
Establishing cougar population viability
A selection of "beyond fire" application stories are posted in the Gateway Library and in the Applications section. The interactive WHAM! (Web-Hosted Application Map) details more than 80 on-the-ground projects where LANDFIRE tools and data were and are being used.
NEW: BpS Review/Update Project
LANDFIRE produced and delivered state-and-transition models for every ecosystem (Biophysical Settings, or BpS) mapped by the program over more than a decade. The models and descriptions combined offer information about vegetation dynamics, structure, and composition on lands across the U.S. prior to Euro-American settlement. Not only are the models and descriptions important internally to the LANDFIRE Program, they are used across the nation in a spectacular array of applications and landscapes.
We are now reviewing BpS models and descriptions - the first complete update since they were developed and delivered many years ago. Because collaboration is at the core of the Program, incorporating the knowledge and experience of experts in fields of vegetation and fire ecology is critical. To that end, LANDFIRE requests contributions from fire and vegetation ecologists and others -- a "crowdsourcing" endeavor with important ecological impact.
The review entails reading and commenting on a 4-to-10 page MS-Word document at your convenience and in your office. The dedicated BpS Review website contains all the information needed to complete the review and to provide comments back to The Nature Conservancy’s LANDFIRE team.
Help LANDFIRE update and improve this important encyclopedia of scientific knowledge. Please visit the BpS Review site, share what you know, and pass this request to others who can provide their expertise as well. We welcome contributions! Click here for an online announcement that you can forward to others.
LANDFIRE's first decade
Read about LANDFIRE's 10th birthday and program history on the LANDFIRE Program site and here on the Gateway.