Geospatial Data

Northern Region Existing Vegetation Mapping Program

Page Updated: 3/02/2020

Overview

Region 1 Vegetation Mapping Program (R1 VMap) The official Data Steward for the data set is the Northern Region, Regional Remote Sensing Coordinator and the role of Data Custodians is a joint effort between the Regional GIS Group and the Forest GIS Coordinators, who maintain their own local copy of the VMap Databases and derivative products. The data lifecycle of the VMap Database, as it is delivered to the Forest, is approximately 6-8 years for the refresh cycle.  During the data lifecycle, the Data Steward may initiate database maintenance and data updates, to include tabular data updates (disturbance updates), database schema updates and database version updates (ArcGIS 10.0 to ArcGIS 10.5.1).

The Forest will receive a Forest Wide product as a deliverable in the format of ESRI File Geodatabase(FGDB).  The FGDB will be provided to the Forest during an official Technical Transfer session with the Data Steward and Regional Data Custodians.  The FGDB will contain the official metadata for the version of VMap and will include the imagery acquisition date, imagery source and date of VMap product release.. It is recommended to use the File Geodatabase file structure when loading data into your Forest SDE so the USFS-NRIS Desktop Geospatial Interface application (Local Connection Set) will work properly when using the GI to access VMap data.

 Current Work

We are currently working on updating the Flathead National Forest VMap.  This will be delivered as a Geospatial product available on this site.

Forest

Version

Documentation

Metadata

FGDB zip download

Beaverhead-Deerlodge (BD)

v18

Project Report

Metadata

zip

Bitteroot-Lolo(BitLo)

v16

Overview, Methodology, and Accuracy Assessment

Metadata

zip

Custer-Gallatin (CusGal)

v15

Overview Methodology

Accuracy Assessment

Metadata

 

zip

Flathead(FNF) v12 Overview Methodology and Accurracy Assessment Metadata zip

Helena-Lewis & Clark (HLC)

v14

Overview Methodology

Accuracy Assessment

Base Metadata

Mid Metadata

zip

Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai (IPKNF)

v17

Overview, Methodology, and Accuracy Assessment

 

Metadata

 

 

zip

Nez Perce-Clearwater

v14

 Methodology
Accuracy Assessment

Metadata

 

zip

 For a complete listing of all the VMap Versions and thier specific details, please download the VMap Version Table found here

Helpful weblinks:

R1 Classification, Mapping, Inventory, and Analysis System

R1 Existing Vegetation Classification

VMap v12 data dictionary

VMap Mid & Base-level Databases

VMap Field Manual

R1 Citrix & GI User Guides

 

For more information regarding VMap contact

Northern Region Geospatial Group
Regional Remote Sensing Coordinator
USFS Northern Region Engineering
(406) 329-3514
 





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