USDA Forest Service

Forest Health Protection, Southern Region


USDA Forest Service
Forest Health Protection
Region 8
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Room 816 N
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: (404) 347-7478
Fax: (404) 347-1880

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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Geographic Information System (GIS)

The Geographic Information System program for FHP in the Southern Region is located in the Asheville Field Office. The program supports GIS efforts in the Regional Office and both field offices.


  • Areas under the GIS Program
    • Data Warehouse -Archives of data from over 20 years of GIS activities including the Southern Forest Health Atlas of Insects and Diseases
    • Data Processing -Incorporates data into the GIS from multiple sources including everything from paper maps to Digital Aerial Sketch Mapping System files
    • Analysis -Generates spatial analysis for projects in all aspects of the FHP program
    • Products -Produces maps, reports, and posters providing information required for further analysis, publications, presentations, and project work
    • Technical Support -Provides technical support in GIS software and processes to all FHP personnel in the Southern Region
    • Teamwork -Participates on regional and national teams involved in many aspects of GIS processes to further the effectiveness and efficiency of GIS in the Forest Service

Program Highlights

  • Southern Forest Health Atlas of Insects and Diseases
    • Information on 12 insects and diseases
    • Temporal Data -i.e. Southern Pine Beetle data ranges from 1960 to the present
    • Data is shared upon request with FHP staff, other Forest Service staffs, other Federal agencies, state cooperators, and private companies
    • Products such as maps and reports are available upon request.
    • Interactive maps are available on the FHP website for selected insects and diseases
  • National Aerial Survey Map
    • Contains data from multiple sources such as paper maps and Digital Aerial Sketch Mapping System files
    • Compiles data from all sources in the region including National Forest overview flights as well as pest specific flights by state cooperators
    • Processes data to meet the National standards as detailed in the Aerial Survey Geographic Information System Handbook
    • Performs QA/QC on the data
  • National Risk Map
    • Coordinates the collection and validation of data from multiple sources (such as the Forest Health Atlas and FIA) with FHTET
    • Assists in the development of multi-criterion models from input by members of the Risk Map team for the Southern Region
    • Assists the Risk Map team to run models and validate model output

Future direction

  • More FHP personnel will be doing GIS on a daily basis as GIS becomes integrated into the PC desktop
  • Continued need for GIS Specialist to process data into GIS, warehouse data, maintain Forest Health Atlas, develop applications, provide technical assistance, and develop special products
  • GIS must keep up with future developments in software and hardware


FHP Contacts

Anthony Elledge
Forest Service-USDA
200 Weaver Blvd.
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: 828-257-4317


Updated: February 2010



USDA Forest Service - Forest Health Protection, Southern Region
Last Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:28 CST

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