LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is an interagency vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics mapping program. LANDFIRE has produced a comprehensive and consistent suite of data and geospatial data layers for the entire 50 United States and Territories. The program has produced three updates to capture changes from a variety of disturbances and vegetation modifications and is in the process of planning a base map update/remap for the landscape products.
It is a shared initiative between the DOI and USDA Forest Service wildland fire management programs and is sponsored by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC). Principal project partners include the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, the USFS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, and The Nature Conservancy. Data products are based on satellite imagery (Landsat) and created at a 30-meter grid spatial resolution designed to facilitate national- and regional-level strategic planning and reporting of management activities. LANDFIRE data products include layers of vegetation composition and structure, surface and canopy fuel characteristics, and fire regimes data at the landscape level. LANDFIRE methodologies are science-based and include extensive field-referenced data [including Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data].
LANDFIRE deliverables are serving as core data sets in the Wildland Fire Program with the National Cohesive Strategy, Wildland Fire Decision Support (WFDSS), and Fire and Fuels Planning. Data products are being used by federal, state, tribal, local, and private entities including research and educational institutions both for fire and resource management applications (Bighorn Sheep habitat analysis, Grizzly Bear assessment, landscape and wildland fire assessments). LANDFIRE products are not a substitute for finer scale, local mapping efforts, but do provide a comprehensive, standardized, nation-wide data set. The quality of the data products vary by geography, product, and scale of use. Additional information is available at www.landfire.gov.
LANDFIRE point of contact:
Henry Bastian, Enterprise Systems Management/Fire Ecology