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 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 -- 10 years old in 2014.
- 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.
Details and help are available via the LANDFIRE Program website and/or by contacting any member of the TNC-LANDFIRE team.