LANDFIRE-Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools

LANDFIRE 2016 Remap

LANDFIRE 2016 Remap

LANDFIRE (LF) 2016 Remap is the most comprehensive mapping effort in LF's history. 

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Kori Blankership, Fire Ecologist and Spatial Analyst, The Nature Conservancy discusses Biophysical Settings (BpS) GIS data products.


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LANDFIRE (LF), a shared program between the wildland fire management programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), represents the first  and only complete nationally consistent collection of more than 25 geospatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models. 

LANDFIRE, products can be used across all lands and multiple disciplines to support cross-boundary planning, management, and operations. In addition, LF’s detailed geospatial mapping products have become a critical component of wildfire and post-fire modeling, land management decisions, fire risk assessments,  firefighter safety, and have proven useful across a wide variety of scientific disciplines and applications. 

While LANDFIRE provides geo-spatial layers for strategic planning, the data can be used for other natural resource management activities. LANDFIRE meets landscape-scale assessment needs with consistent cross-boundary vegetation-and fire-related data.

Other ways LANDFIRE is used include:

  • Running fire behavior models at a landscape scale
  • Providing historical disturbance regimes and vegetation patterns
  • Aiding in estimating ecosystem site potential.
  • Exploring the impact of changing age class distributions on carbon dynamics of forests

More examples of how LANDFIRE products are produced and used can be found on the LANDFIRE website under Applications. You can also search for LANDFIRE data case studies such as fire incident management, fire incidents, fuels planning and threatened species studies in the Document Library. Additional applications can be found on the LANDFIRE Web-Hosted Applications Map (WHAM!), an online, interactive map that shares the applications, locations, and partners working with LANDFIRE data.