A sunset after a rain in California poppy covered hills in Fremont, CA. Jay Huang | TNC
Curious about LANDFIRE? Join our (INFORMAL) Office Hour Chat (TOMORROW)
Grab that third cup of coffee and join LANDFIRE TOMORROW for an informal, back and forth open office hours (casual) chat about LANDFIRE MoD-FIS(what's included, what's not?). We hope you stop by! Learn more here | Watch
When: LAST Thursday of each month (MAY 27 | Loose topic: MoD-FIS (Modeling Dynamic Fuels w/ an Index System) Time: 1 - 2 pm (ET) | REGISTER - this link will not change each month
You asked. We (will) answer on 5/27:
"I could use some help with understanding the fuels modification process,
especially Total Fuel Change Tool"
"I am interested in using LANDFIRE products for fire modeling & calibrating field data"
"How can LANDFIRE products be used to support forest management decisions at the ground level"
June 24: Special - combined: Open Office Hrs & LF 2019 L Virtual Rollout (90 min.)
This series is managed by TNC's LANDFIRE Team and will include participation from a variety of federal and non-federal partners and guests
Wildfires that burn across hard-baked desert landscapes, such as in southwestern and Great Basin areas of the United States, (see NOAA’s drought image above) need annual/invasive herbaceous and other fine fuels to drive them. Capturing the seasonal variations in the production of these fuels is what LF’s Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS) is about.
Important to fire managers in preparing for a fire season and addressing wildfires as they’re happening, MoD-FIS provides vital information in understanding when and where those fuels are present, how abundant they are, and how seasonal variation impacts fire behavior.
MoD-FIS Spring 2021 products will be available in early June, with the Summer release in July, and the Fall release in October. You can find the MoD-FIS products on the LF Data Distribution Site, select “Seasonal.”
Blankenship K., R. Swaty, K. R. Hall, S. Hagen, K. Pohl, A. Shlisky Hunt, J. Patton, L. Frid, and J. Smith. 2021.Vegetation dynamics models: a comprehensive set for natural resource assessment and planning in the United States. Ecosphere 12(4):e03484. 10.1002/ecs2.3484 READ
This recent publication (led by LANDFIRE team member, Kori Blankenship) updates the fire regime baseline for the U.S. The LANDFIRE team leveraged expert knowledge from hundreds of natural resource professionals to create a set of quantitative state-and-transition models that mimic the pre-European settlement disturbance regime.
Figure below: LANDFIRE pre-European Colonization Fire Regime Data
The LANDFIRE Program is a cooperative agreement between the USDA Forest Service, agencies of the Department of the Interior, and The Nature Conservancy. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.