Forest Interface Management

Protect forests from encroachment

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Managing landscapes amid economic development

Protect the value of forest resources

As forest boundaries come under pressure from economic development, foresters need models that respect a more holistic approach to forest management, including modern sustainable silvicultural practices and safeguarding boundaries. These models can help answer pressing questions such as: In a potentially drier climate, how should plans shift for fire protection around the urban interface and forest communities? What are future wild land fire management expectations? Which investments will help fire-adapted landscapes? And how should tribal considerations influence important cultural landscapes?


Measure, understand, and communicate

Remote sensing

Access imagery and remote sensing archives and new data feeds to monitor forest operations, activities, and every phase of the supply chain. Capture and process new imagery effectively to enable timely decision-making.

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Reveal and understand patterns

Use smart maps and dashboards to discover and understand patterns of operational performance to improve forecasting, save time, and make data-driven decisions.

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Assess forest health with data

Track the growth of your most important assets. Identify forest conditions to determine where appropriate treatments are needed to sustain and promote forest health. Generate models and reports to estimate volume and yield of timber harvest.

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Communicate with stakeholders

Publish location-based apps and dashboards that inform stakeholders of project progress. Dynamic maps provide a data exchange between your organization and residents. ArcGIS StoryMaps can serve to illustrate return on investment (ROI) and environmental impacts.

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USDA Forest Service: Stewarding America's forests

Inform policy and management decisions for forests with advanced remote sensing technologies in the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program.

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