LANDFIRE: What you need to know and why

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Presenter: Jim Smith, LANDFIRE Project Lead

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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. 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.

Because LANDFIRE can be applied in both fire and non-fire situations, the data, reports, images, maps, and other tools support climate change research, carbon studies, habitat analysis and protection, state forest assessments and more. LANDFIRE‘s data quality and ease-of-access supports department, agency and organization planning activities, and are particularly effective effective when running scenarios and developing management plans.

LANDFIRE supports the Conservation Biology Institute’s mission to provide scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service. We’d like to introduce LANDFIRE (or refresh the memories of those who have heard about us), and by way of this two-part series, show you how LANDFIRE can help you do your work.

Jim leads the LANDFIRE project at TNC. He earned a BS in Timber Management and MS Forest Biometrics from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Forest Biometrics and Remote Sensing from Virginia Tech. He spent the next 13 years on the Forestry faculty at Virginia Tech. Jim has also worked in the commercial sector, and was the head of Forest Information Systems development for Champion Paper Company and International Paper Company.

Jim has published in such prestigious journals as Fire Ecology, Forest Science, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Forest Research and Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.

Among his many professional awards are the 2009 John Wesley Powell Award from USGS, Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI, John I. Davidson Award for Practical Papers from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and a University Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech. In 2011, the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association named their early career scientist award the James L. Smith Medal.

On September 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM PT, there is a second LANDFIRE webinar scheduled to address and tour some of the most used LANDFIRE datasets, share ideas for use in your work and explore how others have leveraged these products for natural resource management. For registration information for the related presentation by Randy Swaty, see: From Pixels to Landscapes: Leveraging LANDFIRE for Land Management.