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Opportunities to engage and provide feedback

There are many opportunities to engage and help with data reviews that provide vital feedback to the LANDFIRE (LF) Program. People involved in land management, vegetation, habitat, natural resources, fuels and fire management, or geographic information systems will be particularly interested in these chances to review and comment. Look for announcements in LF bulletins and community calls as new efforts begin and additional information is available.

Questions? Need more information? Are you interested in or have ideas about other ways to engage and participate with LF? Please contact us.

Last Updated: January 11, 2017.



1. Data Product Review Webinars

WHEN: February and March of 2017

WHAT: A series of eight (8) webinars structured around Existing Vegetation Type (EVT) and Fire Behavior Fuel Model (FBFM) data instead of geographic areas, but organized for East, West, Alaska, and Hawaii. Each webinar will be scheduled for three hours in length but may take less time depending on number of participants and discussion.

HOW: Registration is per webinar. Please REGISTER early for the webinar(s) you would like to attend to ensure your access. Remember to block out the time on your calendar. To register, please visit https://landfire.nkn.uidaho.edu/about..



2. Data Submissions (plots and polygons)

WHEN: The next data submission deadline is March 31, 2017.

WHAT: Contribution of data to the LF program, including plots, polygons, events, exotics, lidar related to vegetation or fuels, and feedback information. Your data is always welcome, however, to be certain of consideration for inclusion into a potential LF 2016 update, please submit before the deadline.

WHY: Data incorporated into LF will help the landscape data reflect on-the-ground conditions as closely as possible. For more details please visit: http://www.landfire.gov/participate_refdata.php.

WHO: Brenda Lundberg, LF Data Administrator ( brenda.lundberg.ctr@usgs.gov )



3. Fire Regime Group (FRG) review

WHEN: Initial review period has passed. After the FRG report and future updated geospatial layer based on this review are completed, additional review opportunities will be offered.



4. Biophysical Settings (BpS) Review

WHEN: Initial review period is over; however, LF always welcomes your expertise and review.

WHAT: Your input will help improve the updated BpS models and descriptions, which will be available in CY17.

WHY: This effort will increase the quality and usefulness of the BpS models and descriptions. Review is primarily web-based and supplemented with in-person visits and webinars. For more details please visit: http://www.landfirereview.org.

WHO: The Nature Conservancy LF team ( landfire@tnc.org )



5. Fire Behavior Fuel Model (FBFM) Guidebook-Database

WHEN: Deadline September 30, 2016.

WHAT: Development of a Fire Behavior Fuel Model Guidebook-Database for the US.

WHY: The LF Program experienced the value of guidebooks during the Alaska FBFM calibration workshop (Alaska guidebook). The FBFM guidebook database will improve remap and enhance future data product updates. It may also be useful for other purposes such as site-specific project planning. The primary focus will be the conterminous U.S. Hawaii and U.S. affiliated insular areas may be included later. LF hosted a workshop on the guidebook database at the International Association of Wildland Fire conference in Portland, April 11, 2016. Watch the LF website, bulletins, and postcards for webinar announcements. Contact us to be included on the invitation list for future workshops.

WHO: Dr. Wendel Hann of the Wildland Fire Research Development and Applications-Fuels and Fire Ecology, University of Idaho Unit ( wendelhann@gmail.com )



6. Modeling Dynamic-Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS)

WHEN: Deadline December 31, 2017.

WHAT: Model-ready data that is responsive to dynamic changes in fuel conditions. Dynamic changes could include seasonal variations or response to drought/precipitation patterns.

WHY: Users have expressed the need to have greater variability in surface fuel products due to seasonal variations that occur. These data will give users additional information that can be used in assessments and analyses to be more precise with fire behavior estimates. The LF Program has released (through the Wildland Fire Decision Support System) a variant data set for the Southeastern US that is based on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI). Initial response to the data has been favorable. In addition, draft products are being created in the Great Basin/Southwest region of the U.S. based on changes in herbaceous cover as a result of seasonal moisture fluctuation. These data are being analyzed by local fuels specialists and continue to be refined. The LF fuels team is interested in working with users to further review and test products developed in these two areas and to develop similar seasonal fuels data for other regions.

WHO: Charley Martin, LF Fuels Team( charley.martin.ctr@usgs.gov )



7. FBFM Changes in WFDSS Reviews:

WHEN: Deadline October 31, 2016

WHAT: Interpretation of changes made to LF data by users within Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS).

WHY: The LF Program is working with the Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, and Applications (WFMRD&A) Program to evaluate, in a structured review process, recurring edits that are made in WFDSS within a given landscape and the reuse of edited data within a landscape. The LF Program wants help interpreting the changes that users have made, why they were made, and what the changes tell us about remapping or updating the data in LF. Upon completion of the evaluation, results will be reviewed further and vetted by some of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) sub-committees. The ultimate goal of this effort is to assess the value of implementing similar changes in future LF updates or the ReMap project. To participate in these reviews, please contact us.

WHO:Don Long, Fire Ecologist ( dlong01@fs.fed.us)

Ongoing information about the review will be posted at: http://www.landfire.gov/fuel.php.