February 2021: LF 2019L is coming; LF 2016 Remap Insular areas available 2/25; (INFORMAL) Office hours - LF & Wildlife; Good Reading
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LANDFIRE 2019L is coming!
“L” is for Limited. LANDFIRE recognizes the need for more frequent updates to the product suite. In response to this we are working to provide a transitional product suite as we wrap up LF 2016 Remap and move the program from bi-annual updates to annual product updates. The LF 2019L product includes CONUS and will only include 2017, 2018 and 2019 disturbances submitted to LANDFIRE directly or available in national data bases (e.g., FACTS, NFPORS, MTBS, etc.). Disturbances that occurred in 2020 will not be included in LF 2019L, nor some disturbances from earlier years if they were not provided to the LF Program. Specific information on which disturbances are included will be available once delivered (est. June 2021). Vegetation and fuels layers in disturbed areas will be processed to estimate conditions in 2021 (2021 "capable" fuels*) not 2019. Areas that were not identified as disturbed (disturbance data listed above) will be identical to LF Remap 2016 (as such there will be no changes in any LF product for non-disturbed areas).

Picture: Showshoe hare (winter pelage) in Alaska, United States, Charlie Ott, The Nature Conservancy.

*Curious about capable fuels? Join our our (INFORMAL) Open Office Hours on 3/25 to learn more (scroll down).
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New LANDFIRE (LF) 2016 Remap products for the Insular Areas will be released on February 25, 2021. This is exciting because these extents have not been released since LF 2010 (LF 1.2.0). Islands included in the release are American Samoa, Republic of Marshall Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

See the schedule here.

Let's talk webinars and office hours
Curious about LANDFIRE?

Grab that third cup of coffee and join a LANDFIRE team member (or two) for an informal, back and forth open office hours chat.

These 1-hr (informal) office hour chats will help you:
  • Learn how to best use LANDFIRE data within the context of your work (get some free help!)*
  • Troubleshoot common LANDFIRE questions (have a question, bring it)
  • Get familiar with the best (and worst) uses of LANDFIRE data (see LANDFIRE data in action)
What can you expect?
1. A LANDFIRE team member will host a short demo or LANDFIRE-themed presentation (addressing the topic outlined in the schedule below).
2. At least 40 minutes to dig into your questions (bring your LANDFIRE-related problems, ArcMap projects (they need not be complete), R code (in progress is okay) and we will troubleshoot, brainstorm and investigate them together.

LAST Thursday of each month
Time: 1 - 2 pm (ET) | REGISTER - this link will not change from month to month

January 28: (watch) Learn the ways to download / access LF data | (read) SUMMARY
February 25: Wildlife and LANDFIRE data
March 25: "Capable fuels" and LANDFIRE 
April 29: Your topic here: email
May - Dec: TBD

*Do you have a question about LANDFIRE right now? Please submit questions or topics you would like discussed to Megan Dettenmaier ( and she will make sure they are addressed. If your schedule works better for a particular month on the last Thursday, please let Megan know so she can schedule it when you attend. 

This series is managed by TNC's LANDFIRE Team and will include participation from a variety of federal and non-federal partners and guests.
When: March 4, 2021 | pm (ET)

Information on LANDFIRE’s 2016 Remap data will be presented by Inga La Puma (Technical Lead, LANDFIRE) at a session of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission’s speaker series. The Pinelands Commission is a State agency with a board consisting of County, State, and Federal appointees who help guide the use, development and protection of nearly 1 million acres in the Pinelands Area of southern New Jersey. March is the prime prescribed fire season there. The virtual presentation will include information about improvements over previous versions of Remap data for the Pinelands region and how the data relate to other regional studies such as wildfire risk assessments.

Learn more about LANDFIRE’S 2016 Remap data | 
Picture: New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve, National Park Service
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good reading
Szpakowski, David M., Jensen, J.L.R., Butler, D.R., Chow, T.E. 2021. A study of the relationship between fire hazard and burn severity in Grand Teton National Park, USA. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. Vol 98. 102305.

The 2016 Berry Fire is in Grand Teton National Park is used as a case study for examining the relationship between fire hazard and burn severity. This study used a LANDFIRE fuel model and canopy cover data to build upon a previous fire risk index (Adab, Kanniah, Solaimani, 2013). The objective was to enhance fire hazard models with refined estimates of fuel type, canopy cover, moisture conditions, topography and infrastructure. The resulting fire hazard maps generated from a recent fire in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA were compared to the burn severities from Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) project to investigate potential relationships between fire hazard and burn severity.

Below: The image on the left shows raw, normalized fire hazard zoomed in to the Berry Fire. (B) The image in the middle shows the fire hazard broken into four broad categories. (C) The image on the right shows the MTBS dNBR estimates of burn severity.
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Jim Smith
TNC-LF Project Lead
Inga La Puma
LF Technical Lead

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.