With the knowledge that our nation’s forests are a key part to our economic and ecological upkeep, the US Forest Service (USFS) utilizes an interactive GIS atlas termed the Forest Atlas of the United States. This forestry atlas streamlines the ability to represent and share data, information, and knowledge with anyone and everyone involved in preserving and enhancing the United States’ forests.
By consolidating information across the entire agency into an easy-to-interpret and navigate map, USFS staff, firefighters, and even scientists are benefiting from the map’s capabilities. Understanding and visualizing trends in our forests can shed light on why species populations are declining, how a forest fire might behave, carbon sequestration, and so much more.
By investing in the Forest Atlas of the United States, stakeholders and policy makers alike can share essential knowledge for making environmentally conscious and cost-effective decisions when it comes to the nation’s forests.