USDA Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab - Rocky Mountain Research Station



Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
322 East Front Street
Suite 401
Boise, ID  83702

(208) 373-4340
(208) 373-4391 (FAX)

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

USDA Link Forest Service Link


General GIS sites for helpdesks, data, coverages, metadata, and other GIS Related Information

These links are provided for convienice and are not maintained.


Pages marked "Forest Service Web" can only be viewed by Forest Service Employees.


Information about external Links



ESRI -- Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) main page

ESRI Bookstore !!! USDA Employee Order Form with discount prices !!!

USDA and ESRI -- Department of Agriculture

Digital Data Services -- USGS quad Mapfinder is now available for free via the internet (link includes GSA contract info)

Forest Inventory and Analysis National Spatial Data Service Center

Directions Magazine -- GIS News; includes links to free data and other resources

NSGIC -- The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

Field Data Collection and PDRs Forest Service Web.  A lot of good purchasing information and links (PDR, GPS, ArcPad) for FS employees.

USGS - USGS National GeoSpatial Program

TopoZone -- Electronic versions of USGS topomaps for the different scales in the US

GIS data:  
General data

National Interagency Fire Center FTP site includes current fire perimenters

Geospatial One Stops: 

GSTC Geospatial Data Clearinghouse -- Forest Service Web

Forest Service GeoSpatial Clearinghouses -- Word document (rough draft). Lists by Region/Station.

SAGEMAP -- The SAGEMAP project, conducted by the Snake River Field Station (SRFS) of the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center.

NPS Data -- National Park Service Clearinghouse

University of Arkansas -- The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies Guide to Mostly On-Line and Mostly Free U.S. Geospatial and Attribute Data

ESRI Data -- ESRI ready to use datasets

Geography Network  -- The Geography Network's Clearinghouses List

Geography Network - Free Resources -- Free Data Sources

RMRS GIS --  Forest Service Web -- Rocky Mountain Research Station GIS page – several links

GAP analysis  -- USGS-BRD; National Gap Analysis Project -- National Project to evaluate the nation's status for biodiversity. Access to any base data layers developed by the states (ownership, rivers, terrestrial species, etc.)

ICBEMP  -- Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project -- Landscape level analysis of the Columbia River from Eastern Oregon and Washington, Idaho and Western Montana.  

National Atlas -- USGS National Atlas of the United States Map Layers Warehouse – mostly free downloads of many different kind of coverages based on specified geographic area.

GSTC -- USDA Geospatial Service and Technology Center -- Forest Service Web

GSTC -- USDA Geospatial Service and Technology Center -- www (all user access)

CMAP -- The Clean Air Mapping and Analysis Program (CMAP) is a web-based GIS (geographic information system) assessment tool that interfaces with EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division (CAMD) air program database. 

GNIS --  Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

States :


INSIDE Idaho Interactive Numeric and Spatial Information Data Engine

Landscape Dynamics Lab – Used to be GAP Analysis Lab

Idaho DEQ – Department of Environmental Quality data and interactive mapping

Idaho Geological Survey - Digital Geologic Mapping and GIS Lab

Idaho Department of Water Resources -- Idaho Department of Water Resources / Idaho Geographic Information Center Links to GIS Data – includes links for states surrounding Idaho                

USGS Stream Statistics StreamStats makes the process of computing streamflow statistics for ungaged sites much faster, more accurate, and more consistent than previously used manual methods. It also makes streamflow statistics for gaged sites available without the need to locate, obtain, and read the publications in which they were originally provided.

Boise State University -- Geospatial Research Facility

Idaho State University -- GIS Training and Research Center 


Welcome to State Of Utah AGRC -- Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC) in Utah; GIS clearinghouse

Utah Division of Water Rights -- GIS maps and tables

Utah GIS Portal  -- Utah GIS data. 


WyGISC  - Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Wyoming focused on research and development, education, and outreach associated with geospatial data representation, access, visualization, analysis and modeling.

Water Resources -- Wyoming Statewide Water Resources Data Inventory

Natural Resources -- Wyoming Natural Resources Clearinghouse -- Statewide databases available.

Wyoming Spatial Data Clearinghouse  -- Wyoming Spatial Data Clearinghouse node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse



AGIC  -- Arizona Geographic Information Council home page – A lot of Arizona links, but some useful national links as well. (Includes some states, Academic Institutions, professional organizations, international sites, private sector on-line applications, job/occupational resources, clearinghouse information, and many other areas)


BLM -- Oregon BLM

Oregon Geospatial Data Clearinghouse

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)

Oregon Department of Transportation  (Geographic Information Services Unit)

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Oregon Division of State Lands

Oregon Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (ORURISA)

USGS Geologic Mapping in Oregon

USGS Water Resources for Oregon


Montana State Library -- including state-wide or county maps

GIS Data Layers - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks -- GIS Layers available for download


BLM  -- Colorado BLM

Colorado GAP  -- Colorado GAP Analysis homepage 

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division -- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment GIS data


Gifford Pinchot National Forest --  GIS Data Dictionary

Washington State Geospatial Data Archive  -- University of Washington Library / Geospatial Data Archive  

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington Geographic Information Council

Washington State Geospatial Clearinghouse

Washington's Counties (links)

University of Washington GIS Data



Regional Ecosystem Office

National Research Program, Western Region -- USGS Water Resources of the Western United States

Streamnet  -- Streamnet for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana. [The Pacific Northwest (PNW) River Reach Files are a geo-referenced river reach data layer that encompasses the Columbia River Basin within the conterminous United States, the coasts of Oregon and Washington, Puget Sound in Washington, the Klamath and Goose Lake Basins in southern Oregon and the Bear Lake Basin in southeastern Idaho. The system is basically a 1:100,000 scale enhancement of the pre-existing 1:250,000 scale EPA River Reach File 2 (RF2).]


REMOTE SENSING (Forest Service Only)

RMRS Remote Sensing -- Forest Service Web - RS image processing procurement, technology applications training

RSAC -- Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) -- RSAC is a detached WO Engineering staff unit located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The mission of RSAC is to provide technical support to Forest Service resource specialists and managers in the use of remote sensing, image processing, GIS, and related geospatial technologies for all resource applications.  RSAC is co-located with the Forest Service Geospatial Service and Technology Center, and the USDA Aerial Photography Field Office. (www RSAC connection for all users)

GIS and Hydrology

National Hydrography Dataset NHD download

Dr Maidment's Home Page -- University of Texas at Austin

David Tarboton Links to TARDEM and TauDEM -- Utah State University

Hydrologic Modeling using GIS

Boise National Forest Watershed & Soils Forest Service Web

USGS Data for Water Resources -- Hydrologic unit maps and water GIS data; link to Global Land Information System (GLIS)

USGS Hydrologic Unit Maps -- 4th-code HUC maps for the US.

Surf your watershed  -- EPA - Find out information about the watershed you live in

GIS Water Resources Consortium -- community of people concerned with the application of GIS in water resources



Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO)

GIS Tools

UTM <-- --> Lat/Long Conversion Spreadsheet

NAC Geographic Products Inc. Free Online Lon/Lat <=> UTM <=> NAC Converter, geodetic datum converter

GIS Helpdesk Menu (Forest Service Web)

ESRI Support Main Page

Free ArcView Extensions by Jenness Enterprises

Extensions and Tools -- list of ArcView Extensions and Tools developed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Metadata Links

ESRI ArcScripts -- Searchable AML/Avenue/VB/etc. database

FGDC metadata tools

USGS metadata page

Forest Science Data Bank Metadata

National Park Service Metadata Tools; Extensions for ArcGIS

GIS Training

ESRI Virtual Campus --  ESRI Online Course Catalog

Search ESRI Instructor-led classes

GeoCommunity Online courses and training material

Electronic Data Solutions (Jerome, Idaho) offers Trimble certified training for GPS and Pathfinder OFFICE Software as well as ESRI certified GIS training.

Boise State University's Department of Geosciences GeoSpatial Research Facility (GRF)

US Fish and Wildlife Service GIS Training Sources

NRCS GIS training  (including the Government training in AgLearn)

Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID) GIS trainings and workshops

Juniper online and classroom GIS trainings in the west

USGS Free GPS, Map, Compass Classes - (Denver, CO) - includes downloads of course material

GPS online training


Forest Service GIS Training (Forest Service Web only) -- Forest Service Web. These courses are provided under a blanket purchase agreement between ESRI and the USDA. Geospatial Training and Awareness Website (Forest Service Web) Collaborative effort between the Remote Sensing Applications Center and the Geospatial Service and Technology Center. Includes virtual campus and instructor led courses.  -- Forest Service Web -- RSAC Web Based Training


Disclaimer for External Links

USDA Forest Service - RMRS - Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
Last Modified:  Friday, 09 October 2015 at 13:03:08 CDT

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