The Nature Conservancy Landfire

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.

Left to right: Kori Blankenship, Jim Smith, Jeannie Patton, Sarah Hagen, Randy Swaty, Kim Hall. (Click on the names for email addresses)


Contact the TNC-LANDFIRE Team

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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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Sarah Hagen, Spatial Analyst
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kim Hall, Climate Ecologist
Haslett, Michigan
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Jeannie Patton, Communications Lead
Lafayette, Colorado
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Randy Swaty, Ecologist   
Marquette, Michigan
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Department of the Interior

Environmental Achievement Award


LANDFIRE Named "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."  

To earn the distinction, LANDFIRE demonstrated that the program is unique in its approach; that it produces clear, repeatable results at national scale; and that those clear results improve DOI operations. LANDFIRE Business leads noted in the nomination form that the “data provide for environmental benefits with efficiencies in analyses, costs, and reviews through a comprehensive all-lands national data set that is updated regularly. LANDFIRE's value and results have transformed land management activities that support environmental work.”  In 2017 alone, data were leveraged in more than 35 specific environmental projects.

"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." 

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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.

TNC-LANDFIRE Administrative Support
Jeannie Patton