LANDFIRE Named "Environmental Dream Team" by U.S. Department of the Interior

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2017 Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Awards: LANDFIRE Program Named "Environmental Dream Team."

Annually, the Department of the Interior (DOI) presents Environmental Achievement Awards that recognize employees, teams, and partners who have attained exceptional environmental achievements that go above and beyond the person's or team's regular, expected duties. The DOI has presented the LANDFIRE Program  with its 2017 Environmental Dream Team award in recognition for being "environmental champions and agents of change who work across organizational boundaries to enhance environmental stewardship, create efficiencies, improve communication, avoid or address conflict at the lowest levels, or reduce environmental review times."  

To earn the distinction, LANDFIRE demonstrated that the program is unique in its approach; that it produces clear, repeatable results at national scale; and that those clear results improve DOI operations. LANDFIRE Business leads noted in the nomination form that the “data provide for environmental benefits with efficiencies in analyses, costs, and reviews through a comprehensive all-lands national data set that is updated regularly. LANDFIRE's value and results have transformed land management activities that support environmental work.”  In 2017 alone, data were leveraged in more than 35 specific environmental projects.

"LANDFIRE is one of the Conservancy’s best-in-class partnerships. Our small but mighty TNC team have a 10-year plus track record of delivering stellar conservation results," says Joni Ward, Science and Strategy Director for TNC's North America Region. "We are so pleased that the exemplary work of the entire LANDFIRE team is being recognized – congratulations to all on this well-deserved award."  Full details. 

The LANDFIRE Program is led by the DOI and the USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. 


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