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Forest Mapping Study Helps Identify Regions with Multiple Threat Potential, Including Wildfires

Photo of This map highlights where threats such as wildfire, insects, and disease exist, overlap, and intersect with urban and exurban development. USDA Forest ServiceThis map highlights where threats such as wildfire, insects, and disease exist, overlap, and intersect with urban and exurban development. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Policymakers and land managers can use the maps to identify locations where particular threats may be more concentrated relative to others and to identify where multiple threats intersect.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Kline, Jeffrey D. 
Research Location : Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 535

Summary

Station scientists developed a way to combine and display forest threat data at its appropriate spatial scale, and in a way that transcends county boundaries by using readily available GIS analytical tools. Resulting maps show locations where threats and threat combinations are more prevalent relative to the landscape as a whole. The maps are intended to assist policymakers and managers to identify locations where particular threats may be more concentrated relative to others and to identify where multiple threats intersect. This information can then be used when deciding how to allocate budgets to mitigate threats. The maps were published in June 2013and are being used by the National Fire Protection Association in presentations about wildfire risk.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Western Wildland Threat Assessment Center
  • Oregon State University