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Land treatment exploration tool

August 3, 2018


Land managers make decisions regarding restoration and rehabilitation actions that influence landscapes and ecosystems. Many of these decisions involve soil and vegetation manipulations, often known as land treatments. Historically, treatments were planned on a case by case basis with decisions derived from personal experience of past successes or failures. Current adaptive management strategies require a more structured and robust approach to the planning and implementation of land treatments.

The U.S. Geological Survey partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to create the Land Treatment Exploration Tool to facilitate adaptive management of land treatments. The Exploration Tool taps into a wealth of information about past treatments in the Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL,

The Exploration Tool is designed for use by resource managers during the land treatment planning stage. This tool summarizes environmental characteristics of planned treatment areas and facilitates adaptive management practices by comparing those characteristics to similar legacy treatments.

Publication Year 2018
Title Land treatment exploration tool
DOI 10.3133/fs20183042
Authors David S. Pilliod, Justin L. Welty, Michelle I. Jeffries, Linda S. Schueck, Thomas J. Zarriello
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2018-3042
Index ID fs20183042
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center