The GIS and Spatial Analysis program's core mission is to support Forest Health Protection (FHP) field units and the Washington Office in the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS) and other spatial analysis technologies for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating spatial information related to the health of the nation's forests. The program supports and maintains national spatial databases for annual insect and disease aerial detection surveys and risk maps related to forest health all of which provide data for upward reporting of forest health conditions to our cooperators and stakeholders. FHTET maintains a GIS laboratory that provides training and technical assistance to field personnel, develops new technology and applications for the collection and dissemination of spatial data, and produces spatial data products.
The GIS and Spatial Analysis program provides leadership in the development and implementation of spatial data standards for Forest Health Protection. This is accomplished by working with FHP Regions/Area and Field Office personnel to ensure that forest health data is compatible with national standards and is available for upward reporting to regional and national levels. In addition, FHTET acts as the Deputy Area Data Administrator for State and Private Forestry.
GIS services are provided by the GIS and Spatial Analysis program to personnel such as entomologists, pathologists, and aerial surveyors. Personnel accessing these services reside in the USDA Forest Service, other Federal agencies, and the State and private sector. Services are generally provided on a time-available, cost-reimbursable basis to units outside the Forest Service.