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.

For a personal review of the first ten years (2004-2014) read "My LANDFIRE Decade" by TNC-LANDFIRE ecologist Randy Swaty.


"Innovation That Is Changing Conservation"

Around the globe, scientists employ the latest technological advances to make a difference for people, wildlife, oceans, forests and clean water. In honor of World Environment Day (June 5) - a day to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth - the editors at Cool Green Science named LANDFIRE one of the 10 most "most useful and inspiring technological advances that are assisting conservation." Click the photo below for the story.


LANDFIRE on Conservation Gateway


This site is designed to present information that helps the user community understand LANDFIRE Program products and use them appropriately.

The full range of tools, data and resources are on the LANDFIRE Program web site. On Gateway you'll find news, reports, resource links, tutorials, guides and application stories.


Applications: MORE than Fire

application map

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. For instance, models and spatial layers are used to

  • Develop statewide forest assessments
  • Analyze the impact of habitat fragmentation on bobcat populations
  • Look at how climate change could affect flora and fauna
  • Maintain habitat for viable populations of bighorn sheep
  • Establish cougar population viability

A selection of application stories is posted in the Applications and the Resources sections. The interactive WHAM! (Web-Hosted Application Map) -- pictured above -- currently details 100+ projects, with more to come.


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