USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
333 SW First Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

US Forest Service

The Spatial Resource Support System (SpaRSS)

The Spatial Resource Support System (SpaRSS) project, a partnership between State and Private Forestry and Research, is developing an evaluation system that accounts for human needs, ecological conditions of forests, and fire threat. This decision support system produces individual and combined indices that can be used to develop rankings that are displayed numerically and spatially in the form of maps.

The focus of decision support is in three areas:

(1) assembly of multidisciplinary digital data layers and maps relevant to natural resource related analyses;
(2) production of national or regional estimates based on the integration of spatial data as support for objective decisionmaking and policy implementation; and
(3) comparisons of outputs resulting from different decisions, policy formulations, and methods of integrating spatial data.

The system will feature a user-friendly interface that will permit spatial data to be combined, interpreted, and portrayed, will be available for installation on personal computers or via the Internet, and will not require an extensive background in spatial analyses or geographic information systems. A demonstration of the SpaRSS concepts was completed during the 2002 fiscal year as part of the Community Action Prioritization System (CAPS) and was used by State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Programs to make regional allocations of National Fire Plan Hazardous Fuels funds.

US Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station, Mycology
Last Modified: Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 16:43:02 CDT

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