Left to right: Kim Hall, Randy SwatySarah Hagen, Jim Smith, Kori Blankenship. 

LANDFIRE is a national program with partners, colleagues and resources spread across the United States. The Conservation Gateway is the central site for The Nature Conservancy's LANDFIRE Team. We are located coast to coast -- Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, and offer stellar user support.


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Jim Smith, LANDFIRE Program Lead
Jacksonville, Florida
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Kori Blankenship, Fire Ecologist
Bend, Oregon
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Megan Dettenmaier, Communications Lead
Reno, Nevada

Sarah Hagen, Spatial Ecologist
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kim Hall, Climate Ecologist
Haslett, Michigan
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Randy Swaty, Ecologist   
Marquette, Michigan
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The Connection Between

The Nature Conservancy and LANDFIRE

In this interview, Jim Smith, TNC LANDFIRE Program Lead, describes how LANDFIRE helps the Conservancy advance conservation in North America. Jim summarizes the Program's history, its context within TNC, LF product advancements, and plans for the future.

New CODA Fellows

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The Nature Conservancy’s LANDFIRE team is pleased to announce that Spatial Ecologist Sarah Hagen and Climate Change Ecologist Kim Hall have been awarded CODA fellowships. Their work supports TNC’s four priority areas:  Protect Land & Water; Provide Food and Water Sustainably; Tackle Climate Change; Build Healthy Cities.

Seeing an important opportunity for a pilot program on TNC’s U.S. lands to accelerate satellite-enabled impact evaluation at TNC (and in conservation more broadly), Hagen will be comparing satellite data from Conservancy preserves and easements to data from similar sites that were not protected. The work supports the Conservancy’s Shared Conservation Agenda through conducting an initial assessment of TNC’s outcome targets and contributing GIS and landscape ecology expertise to help verify outcomes. The project, which runs through June 2020, is being supervised by Sheila Reddy, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer in Illinois. Hagen splits her time between the Illinois State Chapter and the LANDFIRE Program.  

Hall’s fellowship is in service of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), where she will be an advocate for TNC science and the Shared Conservation Agenda within SNAPP management processes. She will manage team products, serve as a point of contact for TNC staff interested in applying to the SNAPP call for proposals, and will read and review non-TNC proposals to screen for applicability to SNAPP prior to their going out to science review. Hall will also post occasional announcements, news, and achievements about SNAPP working groups’ contributions to TNC science and the Shared Conservation Agenda. Jensen Montambault, Director, Science for Nature and People Partnership, will supervise the fellowship, scheduled to run through September 2020.

The Coda Fellows Program, named in honor of former TNC leader Mike Coda, provides flexible staffing capacity and expertise through short-term assignments to meet The Nature Conservancy’ global needs while providing staff with professional development opportunities and the chance to contribute and learn beyond their program borders.

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Environmental Achievement Award:

"Environmental Dream Team"

Annually, 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 has presented the LANDFIRE Program  with its 2017 Environmental Dream Team award in recognition for 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."  

"LANDFIRE is one of the Conservancy’s best-in-class partnerships. Our small but mighty TNC team have a 10-year plus track record of delivering stellar conservation results," says Joni Ward, Science and Strategy Director for TNC's North America Region. "We are so pleased that the exemplary work of the entire LANDFIRE team is being recognized – congratulations to all on this well-deserved award."   Award details

The LANDFIRE Program is led by the Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. LANDFIRE is part of TNC's North America Region


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