Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 3: Explore Site Characteristics

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This video describes Step 3 of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 3 the user is guided to the Site History tab to explore land treatment and wildfire history of their planned treatment area. They are also directed to the Fish and Wildfire Information for Planning and Consultation tool to investigate areas of overlap with endangered species, migratory birds, and wetlands. Lastly, the main planning map is where the user can turn on and view many spatial layers.

These tutorial videos were created to aid in the use of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool (LTET). These videos guide a user through the main steps of the tool. Each year, public 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. Land treatments include activities such as removal or alteration of plant biomass, seeding burned areas, and herbicide applications. These treatments were historically planned on a case by case basis with decisions about implementation approaches, methods, and operations derived from personal experience of past successes or failures. Modern adaptive management strategies strive to capture this local knowledge through time, both locally and regionally. In 2017, 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), a catalog of information about all known treatments on public lands administered by the BLM in the Western United States.

Tutorial Video Playlist:

  1. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — A Quick Introduction
  2. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 1: Describe Proposed Treatment
  3. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 2: Select Treatment Boundary
  4. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 3: Explore Site Characteristics
  5. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 4: Summarize Your Proposed Treatment Area and the Developing Report
  6. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 5: Select Search Parameters
  7. Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 6: Compare the LTDL Treatments


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Length: 00:05:18

Location Taken: Corvallis, OR, US


Welcome to the Land Treatment Exploration Tool tutorial.  Step 3, explore site characteristics. Step three directs the user to spatially view site characteristics in three different ways. First, clicking the Site History link toggles you to the Site History tab. The top of the site history tab displays the project name and treatments. The first section of this tab displays treatment frequency and categories in side by side maps. The leftside map shows frequency from light to dark blue, while the right map shows categories of treatment types. The legends are beneath the maps. You can toggle different treatment types to display on the maps. For example, I have clicked Seeding, which now only displays seedings on the two maps. You can further manipulate the view of the maps by indicating if you want to view treatments with confirmed implementation status, or all treatments. These data are derived from the Land Treatment Digital Library polygons, and some data only have planning documentation available. Many of these planned treatments have likely happened, but the user can decide to only view the confirmed treatments, or both confirmed and unknown implementation. Under the treatment maps we have included an annotation box the user can type notes into. These notes will be included in the exported report. In this example, I have noted that the northeastern portion of the wildfire has record of prior seeding treatments. Next, the exploration tool displays the LTDL treatments that directly overlap with the planned treatment polygon. In this example, the overlapping seedings are largely from wildfire rehabilitations in 1991 and 1995. The next section displays wildfire history. The first raster displays the number of times burned. The second the first year burned, and the third the most recent year burned. Beneath the wildfire map is another annotation box where the user can type notes about the wildfire history. In this example I have noted the north eastern portion of this wildfire has burned numerous times. The last section of the site history tab displays a climatogram. Hovering your mouse over this graphic will display values of the graphic. The climatogram shows the average monthly precipitation as a bar plot, while temperature is displayed with three lines, showing the minimum, maximum, and mean temperature. Like most visuals in the Exploration Tool, the climatogram is exportable by itself by clicking download as pdf or download as image. The maps and graphic from the site history tab are included in the exported report that is generated. The text written in step three next directs the user to look at the IPaC Tab. This is the Fish and Wildlife Information for Planning and Consultation tool that has been inserted into the Exploration Tool. The user polygon is loaded into IPaC and it displays information on endangered species, migratory birds, facilities, and wetlands that are overlapping with the planned polygon. In this example two endangered species are listed, the bull trout and slickspot peppergrass. This example also has some overlapping wetlands displayed in the wetlands section. The next text section in step three directs the user to display and interact layers on the Planning map. The planning map link toggles to the map and layers. The layers are grouped into 9 categories on the left. Clicking on a category expands it to show all of the layers in the grouping. The groupings are administrative boundaries, climate, ecological classifications, land treatments, monitoring, sage-grouse specific, soil information, topography, and wildfire. When a layer is clicked on, the legend will appear under the layer name and clicking an area of the map will display its attributes. The ecological site name of the northern portion of the planned treatment area is loamy 8-12. Lastly, step 3 provides a quick link back to step 2 if the user needs to adjust their planned treatment area based on anything they gleaned from the exploring the site characteristics. If no polygon adjustment is needed, clicking Next Step takes you to Step 4.