Coordination and Partnerships
AmericaView: A National Remote Sensing Consortium
AmericaView is a nationally organized, state-based remote sensing research and education network. With funding from the U.S. Geological Survey, AmericaView (AV) is lead by academic scientists who partner with government agencies, educational institutions, non-profits, and commercial firms to promote the use of remotely sensed imagery for education and applied research. Initially the AV program focused on distributing Landsat data. Recently, education and applied research have become more important. This presentation will describe projects involving academic faculty and students in partnership with government agencies, ranging from invasive species mapping in forests and rangeland to wildlife habitat mapping. Projects also include monitoring of illegal logging, identifying park and forest boundary violations, mapping of active and recent fires, monitoring outcomes of prescribed burning, and studying the impact of land cover change on watersheds and water resources. Developing partnership opportunities including data sharing and access, pilot projects, student and faculty internships, and professional development will also be discussed.
BLM Partnership with NAIP
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) is managed by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in support of agricultural monitoring efforts within the continental United States. The FSA partners with other federal agencies, state governments, and local governments to acquire full state coverage of orthorectified imagery on a 3 year cycle. The BLM has been partnering with FSA since the inception of the program in 2004 to acquire orthoimagery over the BLM’s Public Lands. This presentation will present a brief history of the NAIP program, how and why the BLM participates, the use of NAIP imagery within the BLM, current status of the program and partnership, and finally, where the program is headed in the future and how it may effect the BLM.
Challenges of the NAIP From a Contractor Standpoint
This presentation covers the challenges of acquiring imagery and producing products for the NAIP from a contractor standpoint. It covers changes in specifications and the introduction of new equipment, technologies, and processes to achieve and improve program objectives. It highlights the exemplary cooperative efforts of the government and private industry that have established this is one of the most effective and responsive mapping programs in US history.
Commercial Remote Sensing Value-Added Program
The Value-Added Program provides unclassified ortho-mosaiced Commercial Remote Sensed imagery to US Government Agencies. Products available through this program include CitySphere™ and Vendor Orthomosaics produced by Commercial Satellite Imagery Vendors.
Creating Cultural Resources Spatial Data Transfer Standards for Federal Agencies
Under the direction of OMB Circular A-16, which names the NPS as lead agency for the cultural resource spatial data theme, the NPS Cultural Resource GIS Facility has taken on the task of developing standards and guidance for the Federal government within the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). In February 2008 the FGDC Standards Working Group unanimously approved the NPS cultural resource spatial data transfer standard proposal, beginning the FGDC standard creation process. In an effort to foster consensus building, the NPS brought together over fifty Federal, State, tribal, and local preservationists on March 11, 2009 to discuss a standard way to exchange cultural resource spatial data. The participants established a set of principles, instructions, and recommendations for a smaller group to complete work on a formal standard over the next two years. This paper will report on the March meeting and describe the principles agreed upon as well as the recommendations provided.
Forest Service Partnership with NAIP
The Forest Service has been a primary contributor to the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). Bill will discuss the outlook for future participation with NAIP.
GIS and the Preservation of Heritage: Processes of Community Design and Cultural Value in a Native American Pueblo
Tom Pederson, Ph.D.
Jamie Blosser and Tom Pederson have been working with the Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan pueblo) for over eight years. Pederson and Blosser’s work at the pueblo has led them to the conclusion that previously published materials, while scholarly and specialized, lacked a general overview or picture of the settlement and its residents, and how the pueblo actually developed. It also failed to take into account those who experience the heritage of the area on a daily basis. Our work with the pueblo reflects changes in the field of cultural resource management itself. As Native Americans have become integral players in cultural resource management, the universe of what constitutes a cultural resource has expanded—they define cultural resources as a “place” or “setting” with tribal elders and traditional leaders consulted for their knowledge of such sites.
Idaho Wildfire Editing/Data Sharing Process
This presentation will showcase how we developed a process for all GIS users in the state to update an enterprise GIS dataset (Wildfires) via SDE and how we automated the process of sharing real time information with external entities such as NIFC & Inside Idaho using Python scripting. This presentation will focus on project objectives, actions, & lessons learned from the process.
Implementing the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Vegetation Classification Standard
The revised FGDC Vegetation Classification Standard was approved in early 2008. It is a dynamic content stand that will allow the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) to be revised over time in a systematic way. Since the standard was approved, the FGDC Vegetation Subcommittee has been working with the ESA Vegetation Classification Panel, NatureServe, the USGS Biological Resources Discipline, and the Forest Service to develop the organization and infrastructure to implement the new standard. A team of representatives from these organizations is scoping out database and internet capabilities needed to store and serve the NVC, and the organization needed to manage its revision and maintenance. Funding for this effort has been provided by USGS and the Forest Service.
Introduction to the Federal Geographic Data Committee Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data (SCDD)
The Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data (SCDD) of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is composed of members from Federal agencies that collect or finance the collection of cultural and demographic geospatially referenced data as part of their mission or that have direct application of these data through legislated mandate. This introduction will describe activities of the subcommittee that include developing and maintaining government wide standards for the description, documentation, and exchange of geospatially referenced cultural and demographic data and identifying key cultural and demographic geospatial data sets that meet critical national planning and management needs and publishing classification schemes for these data.
Inventory of Vegetation with Neighboring Agencies: NPS and BLM Collaboration at Lake Mead / Parashant NM with the 2008 Revised National Vegetation Classification Standard
Karl E. Brown
The Lake Mead / Parashant National Monument is a jointly managed NPS and BLM area of about 1M acres; ~800K BLM and ~200K NPS, administratively connected to the neighboring Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Vegetation inventory is continuing in the ~200K acres of the Lake Mead administrative areas common to the adjacent Grand Canyon NP inventory efforts. Our direction as public land managers includes the goal to make datasets as useful and cost effective as possible for the many uses and users of vegetation data. Current hierarchy revisions have resulted in increased map class types available in the National Vegetation Classification Standard, and the GAP and LANDFIRE programs are exploring the use of Groups and MacroGroups as nested hierarchy improvements to the Ecological Systems used earlier. This presentation will focus on the field sampling, imagery, and data collected to date to characterize the vegetation along the Colorado River connecting Lake Mead, the Parashant NM, and the Grand Canyon.
Leveraging the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Commercial Remote Sensing Program
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency serves as the lead agency for acquiring and distributing Commercial Remote Sensing data, imagery, products, and services. NGA archives the Commercial data it acquires in the Unclassified National Information Library (UNIL). U.S. government and contractor employees can access the UNIL by means of the Web Access and Retrieval Portal (WARP) and thus leverage, at no cost to their parent organization, the Unclassified high resolution overhead data that NGA has purchased. This presentation will discuss the processes surrounding the tasking, collecting, and disseminating of Commercial Remote Sensing data for U.S. government users. The capabilities of the Commercial overhead sensors will also be covered. Finally, the licensing agreements and procedures surrounding the use and sharing of NGA purchased high resolution Commercial Remote Sensing data will be explained.
NAIP Contracts, Past-Present-Future
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) is a program designed to acquire peak growing season “leaf on” imagery, and deliver this imagery to USDA agencies and other partnering agencies to assist in government land-management programs. The acquisition of NAIP imagery began with test projects in 2002. The goal of NAIP is to collect one (1) meter resolution imagery for the conterminous United States. The imagery is either natural color or “four band” imagery, and is delivered in the year of acquisition. In 2009, NAIP will begin a second acquisition cycle. After an initial five year cycle, the program will continue with a three year cycle. Private contractors acquire the NAIP imagery every year through APFO multi-year contracts for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Contractors are selected via “best value” criteria. Secondary contracts between NAIP cost share partners and NAIP contractors are allowed, subject to FSA approval. The future of NAIP, as it has evolved from film & scanning to direct digital acquisition, will continue to change and adjust to users requirements and technological improvements. The potential of National programs such as Imagery For The Nation (IFTN) may provide addition changes and challenges in the evolution of the NAIP contracts.
Snowbird's Environmental Stewardship and Partnerships
Snowbird has always been committed to environmental stewardship. Along with partners Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service and Tiffany & Co., Snowbird made history in 2006 as the first private landowner in Utah to help fund a mining-era clean-up effort to eliminate tailings that were affecting the American Fork watershed. Snowbird supports and helps fund the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to work with the U.S. Forest Service and Salt Lake City Municipal Water on projects such as trail maintenance, noxious weed eradication, wetland restoration and various educational programs. In December 2005 Snowbird became the first ski area to partner with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in an effort to provide funds for conservation projects around the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, where the resort is located.
Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Information Needs Assessment
Federal land management agencies in Southern Nevada are cooperating in the management of federal lands in this area. The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP) has been formed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and the USDA Forest Service to coordinate their efforts. A SNAP Board has been formed and is made up of the local agency heads supported by a full-time Executive Director. Fourteen interagency teams have been formed to coordinate efforts in specific topic areas. These teams were interviewed to develop a vision and roadmap for sharing and utilizing geospatial data across agencies. The information obtained included an overview of the currently used information systems, current state and required functionality for effective implementation of interagency projects, and identification of required and desired framework data layers. Key findings and six specific recommendations generated from this study will be presented.
The National GIS Data Services Contract
The GIS Data Services contract, managed by the US Forest Service Geospatial Service and Technology Center (GSTC), makes it easy to gain access to GIS data services throughout the nation. Tetra Tech is the sole provider of GIS services under this contract for Regions 1, 5, 6, and 10; the Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; the Pacific Northwest Research Station; the Remote Sensing Applications Center; the GSTC itself; and other Washington Office groups. Since 2004, Tetra Tech has completed over 110 task orders or TO modifications under this contract, including every aspect of data conversion, data integration, database linking, training, on-site assistance, database design, analytical process, spatial analysis, map creation tools, application development, Internet Map Server (IMS) and ArcGIS Server development, and many other services. This presentation will highlight specific Forest Service projects in data services, application development (on- and off-site), training, web graphics design and on-site support.
The National Map Customer Requirements Study Results
The National Map is a dynamic system of maps, geospatial data and analytical products and services managed by the U. S. Geological Survey and a network of partnerships. The U.S. Forest Service is a major contributor to The National Map through a partnership to manage data and publish topographic maps over Federal lands in the U.S. comprising approximately 20 percent of the published topographic quadrangle maps. The National Map customers use maps to enhance their recreational experience geospatial data enable better policy and land management decisions and the on earlier versions of The National Map suggested that the future state of customer input.
U.S. Geological Survey Mapping Program Update
The U.S. Geological Survey is currently working on a national program to revitalize topographic mapping. This session will provide an overview of that program.