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In 2008, the LANDFIRE (LF) Program's Operations and Business Plan was created to ensure LF data products remained useful and accessible to the user community. In 2010, a General Management Evaluation and Futures Forum were conducted, as the project transitioned to a full operations and maintenance program, to improve the effectiveness of future program efforts by offering suggestions for program operations and production. In 2014, the LF Program's Operations and Business Plan was updated and a new organization structure was implemented:

Governance: Provides common oversight of Program activities, manages component functions, coordinates with sponsors and stakeholders, oversees the budget, and maintains the Program business case.

Operations: Focuses on non-production Program activities, including website support, hardware and software systems, science and technical support, and management and administrative activities.

Maintenance: Responsible for data production, including updates of existing data product versions and new editions, with comprehensive, product-wide mapping. This area is often termed Production.

Improvement and Innovation: Investigates enhancements to current data production methods, as well as the advancement of new scientific methods, technology and data sources.

The diagram displays the interaction between these four areas:

Operations and Maintenance

The LF Program executes these four key areas using a variety of groups:

Business Leadership Group (BLG): The BLG fulfills the primary governance role for the LF Program using direct coordination and executive oversight at department and agency levels. The BLG guides LF Program priorities, implements interagency funding support, liaises with mapping and data partners, and promote stakeholder and user engagement.

LF Operations Group (OG): The OG ensures consistent and reliable delivery of LF data products as its primary function. In addition, it conducts technical, administrative, science, and user support activities to enable a stable production environment.

Technical Leadership Group (TLG): The TLG's purpose is to execute LF maintenance activity through direct planning and management of LF production cycles. The TLG also manages improvement and innovation projects with the goal to develop pathways to evaluate, and potentially integrate this work into production.

Science Forum (SF): The purpose of the SF is to increase communication and visibility of LF related research and innovation and to evaluate the effectiveness of these activities. In the context of LF production, it helps guide research activity to focus on methods to enhance production or to advance unique scientific methods, data sources, or technical approaches.


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