Using GIS to prioritize fire and resource management activities and assess cumulative impacts [abstract]
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): D. Gettinger; K. Gollnick
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • computer programs
  • disturbance
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • GIS
  • grazing
  • Idaho
  • land management
  • multiple resource management
  • range management
  • statistical analysis
  • watershed management
  • watersheds
  • weeds
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38185
Tall Timbers Record Number: 12743
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File (Fire Conference 2000)
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Problem Statement: Over the years a gap has developed between fire and resource management within BLM in Idaho. As a result, wildlife, range, fire, and other program objectives have diverged, making it very difficult to meet Bureauwide resource management goals and objectives in an efficient and effective manner. Project Description: In an effort to prioritize activities and better integrate resource and fire management, a facilitated process was used, involving local Managers and fire/resource staff. Field Office staff subdivided their units into homogenous areas where management objectives are similar. Generally, watershed boundaries were used for consistency on a Statewide basis. Next, a standard data table was developed that was completed by the local staff. The data table outlined management objectives, current and desired conditions, potential negative impacts, management constraints, and priorities for each of the "planning polygons**. Results Achieved: The planning polygons and associated tables were placed into each area*s GIS allowing integrated use by all staff members including fire/fuels personnel, range conservationists, wildlife biologists, and managers. Specialists and managers now have a common source to consult when seeking information about current conditions or management objectives regarding cultural resources, special status plant/animal species, watershed resources, noxious weed invasion areas, or social/economic resources of concern. Based on the resources identified within each polygon, management priorities were placed for fire suppression, restoration, rehabilitation, and hazard reduction activities. Additionally, the potential adverse effects of disturbance activities (i.e., wildfire, mechanical equipment, grazing) were portrayed by polygon. With the resulting database, linked spatially to a GIS layer, managers and specialists can now compare and contrast current status, and assess potential consequences of management activities at a much larger scale (i.e., watershed, Field Office, or District level). The results will be used to assess cumulative effects for large-scale planning efforts and prioritize program activities utilizing an interdisciplinary approach.

Gettinger, D., and K. Gollnick. 2000. Using GIS to prioritize fire and resource management activities and assess cumulative impacts [abstract], Proceedings of Fire Conference 2000: The First National Congress on Fire Ecology, Prevention and Management, 27 November-December 1, 2000, San Diego, CA. [program volume]. University Extension, University of California Davis,Davis, CA.