Geospatial Data

Southwestern Region GIS Data

Selected GIS Datasets for the Southwestern Region

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Activities (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Activities (FACT_ACT160_VW Attributes)

Posted 1/27/2020

This area feature class represents the locations of planned, accomplished and completed activity data that are recorded in the USFS Activities application FACTS. Only records with an activity are included. This data does not go into specifics of treatments (such as chemical treatments). It contains basic information like the activity subunit ID, administrative forest, ownership, state, planned date, accomplished date, completed date, method, equipment, funding, and many other items.

Aerial Photography Project Data (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Photo Project Area Polygons Photo Centers

Service Uptated Weekly

Historical Aerial Photography Archive Project (HAPAP) is a geodatabase that interfaces with a Map Viewer Search engine of all aerial photography projects completed in the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service. This database contains metadata on each project indicating the original project specifications and information on how to locate the associated rolls of film.

Constructed Features (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Constructed Features

Posted 1/27/2020

This feature dataset includes constructed and non constructed features that support management needs and mapping. This dataset includes a variety of constructed features, (e.g, fences, bridges, culverts, buildings, communication systems, gates, helipads, parking lots, shooting range, etc.) and non-constructed features which may include natural barriers and other features that need to be maintained spatially.

Ecological Response Units (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Ecological Response Units (Version 5.2)

Posted 9/28/2018

Ecological Response Units - The purpose of this feature class is to be an ecosystem mapping tool across all of Arizona and New Mexico.

Ecological Response Units (ERUs) facilitate landscape analyses and planning. The framework represents all major ecosystem types of the southwest region, and represents a stratification of biophysical themes. ERUs are used to define historic/reference conditions within a mapping unit by integrating site potential (soil physical and chemical properties, geology, geomorphology, aspect, slope, climate variables, and geographic location), fire regime (historic and contemporary), neighboring vegetation communities, and seral state sequence.

The shapefile data is tiled into four tiles: Arizona North, Arizona South, New Mexico North, New Mexico South. View a sample image of the tile locations

ERU_ChangeRequestDocs.zip 394 KB ERU Change Request - For FS partners that have updates to the data. In order to handle requests for updating ERU in an efficient manner, a workflow has been developed to funnel the different types of change requests. This download contains instructions and forms for ERU change requests.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

The CCVA is an all-lands vulnerability assessment for major upland ecosystems of AZ and NM (Triepke 2016). Based on the anticipated effects of climate and uncharacteristic drought to site potential, the vulnerability of individual plant communities was identified by the level of future climate departure from the climate envelope for given ecosystem types. The CCVA was an ecosystems approach to predicting vulnerability based on climate projections at the year 2090. Much of the underpinning knowledge and geography of vegetation-climate relationships stems from the Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory of the USFS Southwestern Region (USDA Forest Service 1986, Winthers et al. 2005).

Forest Health - Insect Disease (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract
Forest Health – Insect Disease, See web page Forest Health - Insect and Disease GIS data

Forest Orders (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Forest Orders

Posted as a map service Daily

Forest order map. Forest orders are areas of the forest where entry or use is restricted for safety and or resource protection.

Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter II, Subpart B, may close an area to entry or may restrict the use of an area by applying any or all of the prohibitions authorized by the code of regulations.

Forest Planning (Individual Forest)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Apache Sitgreaves Managemant Area 2015

Posted 8/21/2019

The purpose of this feature class is to depict and label a spatially contiguous land area identified within a planning area (the administrative boundary). The feature class will be used to provide planning information for any necessary analysis.

General Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

General Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey

Posted 12/2001

General Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey - (United States Forest Service Southwest Region)

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The data set is composed of polygon features denoting soil condition, erosion hazard, revegetation potential and vegetation cover. The scale is 1:250000. This data set was created for the USFS General Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey. It's purpose is to delineate the locations and areas of varying GTES characteristics.

Invasive (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Invasive

Posted 1/27/2020

The Invasive Plants, Invertebrate, Pathogen, and Vertebrate (Invasive) feature class contains all the Invasive Infestation polygons collected by the National Invasive Plant Inventory Protocol. Includes most recent as well as historic observations. Includes Site ID, Plant code, status etc. for the infesting species, date, area and other basic data.

This dataset at this time is mostly Plants.

Land (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Administrative Forest

Posted 12/17/2019

Administrative Forest - An area encompassing all the National Forest System lands administered by a unit. The area encompasses private lands, other governmental agency lands, and may contain National Forest System lands within the proclaimed boundaries of another administrative unit. All National Forest System lands fall within one and only one Administrative Forest Area.

Ranger District

Posted 12/17/2019

Ranger District - A depiction of the boundary that encompasses a Ranger District.

Administrative Region

Posted 12/17/2019

Administrative Region - An area encompassing all the National Forest System lands administered by a Region. The area encompasses private lands, other governmental agency lands. All National Forest System lands fall within one and only one Administrative Region Area.

Military Reserve

Posted 12/17/2019

Military Reserve - An area depicting National Forest System land parcels that have management or use limits of Military Reserve or Hazardous Area.

National Grassland

Posted 12/17/2019

National Grassland - A National Grassland unit designated by the Secretary of Agriculture and permanently held by the Department of Agriculture under Title III of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act.

Other National Designated Area

Posted 12/17/2019

Other National Designated Area - An area depicting National Forest System land parcels that have management or use limits placed on them by legal authority. Examples are: National Recreation Area, National Monument, and National Game Refuge.

Proclaimed Forest

Posted 12/17/2019

Proclaimed Forest - A depiction of the boundaries encompassing the National Forest System (NFS) lands within the original proclaimed National Forests, along with subsequent Executive Orders, Proclamations, Public Laws, Public Land Orders, Secretary of Agriculture Orders, and Secretary of Interior Orders creating modifications thereto, along with lands added to the NFS which have taken on the status of 'reserved from the public domain' under the General Exchange Act. The following area types are included: National Forest, Experimental Area, Experimental Forest, Experimental Range, Land Utilization Project, National Grassland, Purchase Unit, and Special Management Area.

PLSS - Public Land Survey System

Posted 12/17/2019

PLSS

Section - An area defined by the Public Lands Survey System Grid. Normally, 36 sections make up a township.

Township - An area defined by the Public Lands Survey System grid that is referenced by its tier and range numbers, and is normally a rectangle approximately 6 miles on a side with boundaries conforming to meridians and parallels.

Special Interest Management Area

Posted 12/17/2019

Special Interest Management Area - A depiction of National Forest System land parcels that have management or use limits placed on them by the Forest Service. Examples include: Anadromous Spawning Area, Indian Reserve Classification Area, Archeological Area, and Scenic Area.

Surface Ownership

Posted 12/17/2019

Surface Ownership - An area depicting ownership parcels of the surface estate. Each surface ownership parcel is tied to a particular legal transaction. The same individual or organization may currently own many parcels that may or may not have been acquired through the same legal transaction. Therefore, they are captured as separate entities rather than merged together. This is in contrast to Basic Ownership, in which the surface ownership parcels having the same owner are merged together. Basic Ownership provides the general user with the Forest Service versus non-Forest Service view of land ownership within National Forest boundaries. Surface Ownership provides the land status user with a current snapshot of ownership within National Forest boundaries.

Surface Ownership Dissolve

Posted 12/17/2019

Surface Ownership Dissolve -This is a Basic ownership layer mergered from Surface Ownership. Ownership is depicted (dissolved) by FS_Own_Code (USFS or OTHER.)

Wilderness

Posted 12/17/2019

Wilderness - The Land Status view of National Forest System land parcels that have legal descriptions such as National Wilderness Area, Primitive Area, or Wilderness Study Area.

Wild Scenic River

Posted 12/17/2019

Wild Scenic River - The Land Status view of a Wild and Scenic River.

Recreation (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Recreation Site

Posted 1/27/2020

Recreation Site Point and Recreation Site Polygon

Depicts developed recreation sites, trailhead, fishing, picnic area, campground

Recreation Opportunity Settings

Posted 1/27/2020

Depicts the spatial location of areas showing the type of Recreation Opportunity Settings that exist (Existing Condition) either without over-snow travel or uses (summer season) or year-round when no seasonal variation exists.

RMU - Range Management Units (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

RMU_Unit, RMU_SubUnit, RMU_WHB

Posted 1/27/2020 - Service Weekly

RMU_Unit (Allotments) - Depicts the gross grazing management area (allotment) boundaries, range general resource area boundaries, and wild horse territories boundaries.

RMU_SubUnit (Pastures) - Depicts grazing implementation monitoring area boundaries within each Pasture.

RMU_WHB (Wild Horse and Burro Areas) - Depicts Wild Horse and Burro Areas

Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

TEU, Terrestrial Ecological Unit

Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory. Potential Natural Vegetation and Soil Class. The Land Type Map Component Vegetation, Soil, Geology (LT_MapCompVegSoilGeology) feature class has classification information for Vegetation (potential and existing), soil, geology, geomorphology, ecological types and miscellaneous classifications. Classifications are displayed in order of dominance for each type (PNV, Soil, etc) along with the percentage based on aggregating component actual percents (null values are treated as 0). If there are multiple classifications per component, that component percent is divided by the number of classifications that are attached to that component, and then that percent is aggregated up to the map unit. Map Symbol Comp Pct Vegetation Class 22 1 45 VegClass1 22 2 30 Vegclass2 22 3 25 Vegclass1 Aggregated Vegetation class Vegclass1 - 70 pct Vegclass2 - 30 pct

Transportation (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Road

Posted 1/27/2020

Road network on the Southwestern Region Forest Service. This feature class has the event table from INFRA II_ROAD_CORE overlayed on it with all the core attributes. A route system depicts all roads within or in close proximity to an administrative unit. A road is a motor vehicle travel way over 50 inches wide, unless classified and managed as a trail. A road may be classified or unclassified. Classified roads are roads within the National Forest System lands planned and managed for motor vehicle access including State roads, county roads, private roads, permitted roads, and Forest Service roads.

Trail

Posted 1/27/2020

Trail routes on the Southwestern Region Forest Service. This feature class has the event table from INFRA II_TRAIL_CORE overlayed on it with all the core attributes. A route system depicts all trails within or in close proximity to an administrative unit. A trail is a linear feature constructed for the purpose of allowing the free movement of people, stock, or Off Highway Vehicles (OHV).

MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) Data

Posted 1/27/2020

Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) Data, These MVUM maps are vaild in as of the publication date which have been designated as open to motorized vehicles under the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR 212, Subpart B, Designation of Roads, Trails, and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use). Routes not designated for motor vehicle use (such as non-motorized trails, single-purpose roads and trails, unauthorized roads and trails, and temporary roads and trails) are not included.

Specific types of motorized vehicles allowed on the designated roads/trails and their seasons of use. These data represent the following symbol classes of roads and trails: Open to All Vehicles, Open to Highway Legal Vehicles and Roads with Seasonal Designations.

MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) Downloadable Maps

Download Motor Vehicle Use Maps
Printable MVUM as PDF files

Vegetation (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Riparian Potential Vegetation​

Posted 3/11/2019

Riparian Potential Vegetation - Potential Riparian plant communities across Forests and Grasslands of the US Forest Service Southwestern Region. Riparian Potential Vegetation is derived from the Ecological Response Units (ERUs) layer.

Ecological Response Units (ERUs) facilitate landscape analyses and planning. The framework represents all major ecosystem types of the southwest region, and represents a stratification of biophysical themes. ERUs are used to define historic/reference conditions within a mapping unit by integrating site potential (soil physical and chemical properties, geology, geomorphology, aspect, slope, climate variables, and geographic location), fire regime (historic and contemporary), neighboring vegetation communities, and seral state sequence.

Regional Riparian Mapping Project Report (PDF)

Mid-Scale Existing Vegetation Canopy Cover Map Units

Posted 9/9/2019

Canopy cover map units of trees for tree life form polygons or shrubs for shrub life form polygons. The Southwestern Region existing vegetation mapping program (R3-EVP) is intended to meet the needs of forest plan revisions, national fire planning, and other landscape-level analyses by providing a consistent, region-wide dataset that depicts existing vegetation at the mid-scale level.

Mid-Scale Existing Vegetation Dominance Type Map Units

Posted 9/9/2019

Polygons of dominance type in the map units. Dominance types are defined by the species or genera of greatest abundance, usually of the uppermost canopy of the plant community. The Southwestern Region existing vegetation mapping program (R3-EVP) is intended to meet the needs of forest plan revisions, national fire planning, and other landscape-level analyses by providing a consistent, region-wide dataset that depicts existing vegetation at the mid-scale level.

Mid-Scale Existing Vegetation Life Form

Posted 9/9/2019

Polygons representing the dominant life form. The Southwestern Region existing vegetation mapping program (R3-EVP) is intended to meet the needs of forest plan revisions, national fire planning, and other landscape-level analyses by providing a consistent, region-wide dataset that depicts existing vegetation at the mid-scale level.

Mid-Scale Existing Vegetation Size Map Units

Posted 9/9/2019

Diameter class map unit of dominant trees for tree life form polygons or shrub height class for shrub life form polygons. The Southwestern Region existing vegetation mapping program (R3-EVP) is intended to meet the needs of forest plan revisions, national fire planning, and other landscape-level analyses by providing a consistent, region-wide dataset that depicts existing vegetation at the mid-scale level.

Wild Land Fire Perimeters (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Fire History Occurrences (Points) and Perimeters (Polygons)

Posted 5/24/2019

The FireOccurrence point layer represents ignition points from which individual wildland fires started. Data are maintained at the Forest/District level, or their equivalent, to track the occurrence and the origin of individual wildland fires. Records in FireOccurrence include historical fire point records from a variety of sources. Since 1986, FIRESTAT, the Fire Statistics System computer application, has been the authoritative data source for all wildland fire occurrences on National Forest System Lands or National Forest-Protected Lands. FIRESTAT is used by the USFS to enter and maintain information from the Individual Wildland Fire Report (FS-5100-29).

The FirePerimeter polygon layer represents final mapped wildland fire perimeters. Incidents of 10 acres or greater in size are expected. Incidents smaller than 10 acres in size may also be included. Data are maintained at the Forest/District level, or their equivalent, to track the area affected by wildland fire. Records in FirePerimeter include perimeters for wildland fires that have corresponding records in FIRESTAT, which is the authoritative data source for all wildland fire reports. FIRESTAT, the Fire Statistics System computer application, required by the USFS for all wildland fire occurrences on National Forest System Lands or National Forest-protected lands, is used to enter and maintain information from the Individual Fire Report (FS-5100-29).

Wildfire Perimeters > 100 acres

Posted 5/21/2019

Wildfire perimeters > 100 acres on Forests Service Lands in the Southwest Region of the Forest Service for the years 2000 - 2018.

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Areas (Southwestern Region)

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Wildland Urban Interface

Posted 12/2001

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Areas Adjacent to Forest Service Lands in the South Western Region of the Forest Service

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Legacy Forest Datasets

Category/Feature Class Abstract

Legacy Forest Datasets

 

Links to the legacy GIS dataset on the individual Forest web pages. We are in the process of updating our website and transferring data to this Regional page from the Forest pages.





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