Sept 2019: Data Update, Webinar, Interview, Conferences
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Autumn on the road to Echo Lake, Michigan
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The LF Program developed several agreement assessments for the LF Remap Existing Vegetation Type (EVT) product for each LF CONUS Geographic Area (GeoArea). Goals of the assessments are to:
  • provide timely information on the quality and usability of the EVT,
  • ensure a consistent approach across each of the EVT product classifications, including Ecological Systems classification (ES), National Vegetation Classification (NVC), and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) / Society for Range Management (SRM) system, and 
  • provide this information consistently across each LF GeoArea as the LF Remap products are released for distribution.
You can review the assessment agreements for each GeoArea under Data Quality on the LF website. To understand the context of the assessments, users are strongly encouraged to review the ReadMe information available in each spreadsheet and the included white paper found within each zip file.

The autumn LF Remap webinar series begins September 26 with a close look at products in LF's Southwest GeoArea: Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and sections of New Mexico, Colorado, and California. 

Presenters Kori Blankenship and Jim Smith of The Nature Conservancy's LF team will review improvements to LF's newest product offerings and also look at what remains the same as in previous versions. The Southwest was the second of nine Remap regional product releases that are scheduled through mid-2020. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION


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If you’ve clicked on LANDFIRE’s interactive Web-Hosted Application Map (aka the WHAM!), you’ve touched base with Spatial Analyst Sarah Hagen, its creator and manager. Perhaps you relied on data to guide plans to restore vibrant green infrastructure where increasingly crowded urban spaces have taken over, or needed information to support plans for forest protection in the Midwest.
You may be interested in ecosystem health in Africa or had to determine the feasibility of launching RX fire programs. If so, you may be familiar with a few of Sarah’s many collaborations with partners and colleagues across the globe. To her, GIS deals with the “where” in the effective land management equation. She notes, “We’re really good at ‘what’ and ‘how’ and even ‘why,’ but without GIS, we’d struggle with the question of where action on the ground can be the most effective.’” LF asked her to expound on three W’s and an H: What, Why, Where and How GIS supports land management.
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October 21-24 Third Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop. Plymouth MA. Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire - A New Paradigm. 
  • Morning of the 22d: Megan Sebasky, the Northeast Region's LF liaison, presents "LF’s role in fuel treatments and wildfire risk assessments." 
November 18-22 Association for Fire Ecology 8th International Fire Ecology and Management CongressTucson AZ. Cultivating Pyrodiversity. 
  • 19th: Poster Session 5:30 to 7:00. "LF Disturbance: Annual Mapping of Nationwide Landscape Change," "Capable Fuels Process and Rationale" and "LF Remap: User-Contributed Field Plot Data."
  • 21st: Presentations. "LF Remap: Vegetation Mapping Methods and Products" and "LF Remap: Landsat Image Processing Improvements and Innovations."
  • UNM Prof Uses New Technology to Conduct Wildfire Risk Assessment -- Professor of Economics Richard Bernknopf is embarking on research in conjunction with the USGS and USFS that aims to use remote imaging and satellite photography in risk-assessment and response to wildfires. LF is the technology/data behind the project.
  • Roger Ottmar was named a 2019 IAWF EMBER AWARD RECIPIENT. When presenting the award, the International Association of Wildland Fire noted that Roger “has delivered actionable wildland fire science for over 35 years that has enormous benefits for the wildland fire system.... Although he is a great and diligent scientist, of equal importance is his ability to interact and work with other people. Many can attest to the unsurpassed role Roger has played in communicating fuels-related information in various training courses and other settings."  Among his many accomplishments, Roger leads the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) which calculates and classifies fuel bed characteristics (surface through canopy) and their potential fire behavior, an important LF data product. Standard FCCS fuel beds exist throughout much of North America and are a main foundational data layer in IFT-DSS. The IAWF Ember Award is given to recognize and acknowledge sustained achievement in wildland fire science.

Henry Bastian
DOI Business Lead
Frank Fay
USFS Business Lead

Chris Torbert
USGS Project Manager


Jim Smith
TNC-LF Project Lead

Birgit Peterson
USGS Technical Lead


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