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Title: Communication and implementation of GIS data in fire management: a case study

Author: Boykin, Kenneth G.; Boykin, Douglas I.; Stovall, Rusty; Whitaker, Ryan.;

Date: 2008

Source: In: Narog, Marcia G., tech. coord. 2008. Proceedings of the 2002 Fire Conference: Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 209-216

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Remotely sensed data and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can be an effective tool in fire management. For the inclusion of these tools, fire management and research personnel must be effective in communication regarding needs and limitations of the data and implementing that data at various scales. A number of personnel can be involved within fire management including land managers, landowners, natural resource professionals, and researchers. Remotely sensed data and GIS can be an effective tool for bridging those involved in fire management. One barrier can be the lack of communication or understanding as to what individual entities provide. We present a case study of the Walnut Fire Complex involving the Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project (SWReGAP), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and New Mexico State Forestry. Each entity has different objectives, but effective communication can allow specific data to be incorporated into management. Data obtained from BLM and New Mexico State Forestry and provide SWReGAP with additional data for an enhanced land cover map. This map can then be used as a tool for largescale fire management as presented in the case study.

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Boykin, Kenneth G.; Boykin, Douglas I.; Stovall, Rusty; Whitaker, Ryan. 2008. Communication and implementation of GIS data in fire management: a case study. In: Narog, Marcia G., tech. coord. 2008. Proceedings of the 2002 Fire Conference: Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 209-216

 


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