LANDFIRE -- Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools -- is an innovative program designed to create and periodically update comprehensive vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics data using a consistent process for the United States, including Alaska and Hawai'i.

LANDFIRE developed quantitative vegetation models and comprehensive ecological descriptions for all major vegetation systems in the US (Biophysical Settings, or BpS), and a suite of GIS tools that help landscape and resource managers make the most of these powerful products.

Poster: LANDFIRE Solves Real-Life Problems.   


The Connection Between

The Nature Conservancy and LANDFIRE

Jim Smith, TNC LANDFIRE Program Lead, describes how LANDFIRE helps the Conservancy advance conservation in North America. Jim summarizes the Program's history, its context within TNC, LF product advancements, and plans for the future.   Read the two-page interview.

Applications: MORE than Fire

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LANDFIRE's suite of tools, models and digital map layers -- the first complete, nationally consistent collection of resources with an ecological foundation -- are valuable resources for those working on land management issues, scenario planning and budgeting. For instance, models and spatial layers are used to

  • Develop statewide forest assessments
  • Analyze the impact of habitat fragmentation on bobcat populations
  • Look at how climate change could affect flora and fauna
  • Maintain habitat for viable populations of bighorn sheep
  • Establish cougar population viability

Click here to visit LANDFIRE's Web-Hosted Application Map -- the WHAM! -- to read thumbnail sketches and gain access to related resources. 

Click here to access a table of LANDFIRE applications organized by state. 

October 2019


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In 2004 the Summer Olympics were held in Greece, the Spirit Rover landed on Mars, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and an important new program emerged from the increased concern about the number, severity, and size of wildland fires: LANDFIRE.
Now, in 2019, our landmark 15th year, LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Program) continues to fulfill its charter to produce nationally consistent and comprehensive biological, ecological, and geospatial products and databases across the United States and insular areas. 
Over time, LANDFIRE has evolved from a program focused mainly on wildfire into a dynamic collaboration that supports environmental compliance work across organization and landscape boundaries, whether applications are fire-related or not. Click here to read about the the power, functionality, and impact of LANDFIRE’s suite of data and tools during the last five years, beginning with an impressive award.

May 2018

US Department of the Interior Presents LANDFIRE with Conservation Achievement Award: 

"Environmental Dream Team"

Environmental Dream Team awardAnnually, 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 announced in May 2018 that the LANDFIRE Program was being honored with the Department's 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."  The award was announced in May of 2018 and presented at a ceremony in September. 
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

Watch the 15-minute clip of the informal award presentation ceremony at TNC's Worldwide Office on September 11, 2018.

"Innovation That Is Changing Conservation"

Around the globe, scientists employ the latest technological advances to make a difference for people, wildlife, oceans, forests and clean water. In honor of World Environment Day - a day to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth - the editors at Cool Green Science named LANDFIRE one of the 10 most "most useful and inspiring technological advances that are assisting conservation." Click the photo below for the story.

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LANDFIRE on Conservation Gateway

This site is designed to present information that helps the user community understand LANDFIRE Program products and use them appropriately.

The full range of tools, data and resources are on the LANDFIRE Program web site. On Gateway you'll find news, reports, resource links, tutorials, guides and application stories.


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