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March/April 2020: LF Remap for SE released!
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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome
- Anna Bradstreet
Photography by Jim Peaco, NPS
New Release: LF Remap for the SE
With this release, most of the conterminous United States has LF Remap products available, as shown in yellow in the map above.
Landfire (LF) is pleased to announce the release of LF Remap products for the Southeast GeoArea. This release adds Disturbance, Vegetation, and Fuel for the Southeast GeoArea to the LF Remap product suite. These products can be found on the LF Data Distribution Site.

LF Remap surface and canopy fuels are delivered as capable fuels for the 2019 effective year. More information can be found in the Capable Fuels document.

LF Remap products are being released incrementally from February 2019 to early 2021. (Schedule) This is the fifth of 10 releases.

Note:
Jim Smith, Ph.D., TNC Program Lead will present a one hour webinar focusing on LF Remap in the SE on June 17, 2020, 1 PM ET. Register here.
Ecological Health and Integrity Indicators
LF Program products are unique in their coverage, currency, and thematic depth which makes them very useful to agencies and organizations needing ecological integrity and health indicators over large geographies. For example, the Terrestrial Condition Assessment (TCA), developed by a USFS team, includes several LF products such as Biophysical Settings in some locations, and LF historic mean fire return interval, estimated historic percent of low and moderate severity fire, and vegetation departure. LF products are also incorporated into the Watershed Condition Assessment.
 
Meet LANDFIRE's New Technical Lead

Welcome Inga La Puma

Inga La Puma, LF’s new Technical Lead, has been walking the line between fire and spatial analysis for most of her career. Earning a PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, Inga digitized 100 years of spatial fire history in New Jersey and used the LANDIS model to understand interacting landscape level disturbances such as fire and climate change on forest succession. Other research projects she has been involved in include relating NDVI to carbon flux, comparing forest structure from lidar to fire history, and analyzing urban to rural trends in invasive species occurrence. 
Inga’s last position was as the science communications director for the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, part of the Joint Fire Science Program where she worked for more than 5 years on regional and national efforts to enhance the use of fire science in management while also assisting managers with networking and information access to answer their research questions. She also led a project writing the 10-year strategic plan for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

When asked what drew her to work on the LF team, she responded, “It was a natural progression. I worked on putting together soils layers for the Eastern Prototype of LF National as part of my PhD research assistantship back in 2004, so I knew about LF early on in my spatial/fire career. As a geographer and fire ecologist, LF resources have been great options for vegetation and fuels information for me, as well as for running landscape level models. Over the last few years, I was exposed to how LF data is being used for wildfire risk assessments and that was very exciting to me.

I’ve found that different users want different things out of LF, from agencies that design entire management and fire operations programs around LF inputs to single researchers trying out new models, or local land managers trying to understand how much smoke they are about to release for a prescribed burn. The beauty of LF is that it is all lands, so it can be scaled for different purposes and needs. LF is being used to model hazard and risk across the country and to model fire spread during major fires. These models directly affect how decisions are being made on the ground, such as where to do prescribed fires first to most effectively reduce the risk of wildfires, and where to evacuate ahead of a fire. The potential for more users to become aware of LF and how it can be used is huge and different perspectives can only help to improve our products.

Inga lives in Cape May, NJ, and works with her local fire crew on prescribed fires whenever possible.
Webinars
LANDFIRE Remap in the North Central United States
May 27, 2020, 11 AM ET
Presenters: Randy Swaty, Ecologist, & Jim Smith, Ph.D., TNC LF Program Lead
Connect to Webinar 

This webinar, presented by TNC-LF's Randy Swaty, ecologist, and Jim Smith, LF program lead, will inform participants about the new LF Remap products, what has changed from previous product offerings, and what remains the same or has been updated. We will offer application examples taken from the North Central GeoArea, and will save time to answer questions and listen to comments at the webinar’s conclusion. The presentation is directed to those who are or might be considering using LF products to inform fire and vegetation management decisions, e.g. researchers, land and project managers, fire and fuel professionals, GIS specialists, scientists, and students.


SPONSORS: Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Lake States Fire Science Consortium and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
LANDFIRE Remap in the Southeastern United States
June 17, 2020, 1 PM ET
Presenter: Jim Smith, Ph.D., TNC LF Program Lead
Register for Webinar

Webinar description coming soon. Join us for a free one hour webinar from LF, the Southern Fire Exchange, and the University of Florida. Following the webinar there will be time reserved for audience questions.

SPONSORS: Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida
Did You Know... about streaming services?
Users are able to access LF data without downloading to their local system by using REST, WCS, and other streaming services.
  • REST (Representational State Transfer) is an architectural style for providing standards between computer systems on the web, making it easier for systems to communicate with each other. REST calls allow you to access and view LF data within your desktop mapping session that are formatted as they appear on the Data Distribution Site (DDS).
  • WCS (Web Coverage Service) provides an open specification for sharing raster data sets on the web. WCS allows you to access LF products for analysis or modeling without downloading data. We recommend version 1.0.0.
  • Non-ESRI software. WCS does not work outside of the ESRI Arc environment. For users who want to script their downloads, there is an option: Request Validation Service and Download Service.
Click "here" for more information about these streaming services.
Good Reading...LF at work
Fire and land cover change in the PalousePrairieforest ecotone, Washington and Idaho, USA; 2020. 16(1); Penelope Morgan, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Eva K. Strand, Stephen C. Bunting, James P. Riser II,John T. Abatzoglou, Max Nielsen-Pincus, and Mara Johnson

To contrast current and historical land cover in the Palouse Prairie-forest ecotone, the authors compared LF Existing Vegetation Type to information about witness trees extracted from General Land Office Survey notes. The goal was to better understand how current and past fire occurrences and human development have influenced the spatial relationships between the prairie, pine savanna, and forest.
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