Geospatial Data

Southwestern Region GIS Data

Selected GIS Datasets for the Southwestern Region 
GIS Data Download Instructions

Category/Feature Class Abstract
Aerial Photography Project Data
Photo Project Area Polygons
Photo Centers

Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer File
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. 
Forest Health – Insect Disease
Forest Health – Insect Disease, See web page  
Ecological Response Units (Southwestern Region)
Ecological Response Units (Version 5.2)
Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile Tile AZN 252 MB
Shapefile Tile AZ S 292 MB
Shapefile Tile NMN 313 MB
Shapefile Tile NMS 267 MB
Metadata
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. Sample image of the tile locations

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
GeoTIFF Image 36.6 MB
GEO PDF Image 68.6 MB
CCVA Executive Summary PDF 507 KB
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).
General Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey (Southwestern Region)
General Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey
Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapfile 4.6 MB
Metadata
Posted 12/2001

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

Land (Southwestern Region)
Administrative Forest
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 1.1 MB
KMZ 1.4 MB
Metadata
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 2.2 MB
KMZ 3.0 MB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
Ranger District - A depiction of the boundary that encompasses a Ranger District. 
Administrative Region
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 341 KB
KMZ 469 KB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 30 KB
KMZ 17 KB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
Military Reserve - An area depicting National Forest System land parcels that have management or use limits of Military Reserve or Hazardous Area. 
National Grassland
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 42 KB
KMZ 34 KB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 1.0 MB
KMZ 1.4 MB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile  1.1 MB
KMZ 1.4 MB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefiles 16.9 MB
Section
    
KMZ 16.1 MB
    Metadata
Township
    KMZ 2.7 MB
    Metadata
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 1.2 MB
KMZ 1.7 MB
Metadata
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 8.0 MB
KMZ 11.2 MB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 3.1 MB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 1.5 MB
KMZ 2.1 MB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
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
AGOL Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 174 KB
KMZ 214 KB
Metadata 
Posted 9/21/2018
Wild Scenic River - The Land Status view of a Wild and Scenic River. 
RMU - Range Management Units (Southwestern Region)
RMU_Unit & RMU_SubUnit
Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefiles xxx MB
Metadata
Posted 4/19/2018 - 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.  
Vegetation (Southwestern Region)
Riparian Vegetation
Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shapefile 58.7 MB
KMZ 32.9 MB
Metadata
Posted 3/2014
Riparian Vegetation - Riparian plant communities across Forests and Grasslands of the US Forest Service Southwestern Region. 
Regional Riparian Mapping Project Report (PDF)
Wild Land Fire Perimeters (Southwestern Region)
Wildfire perimeters > 100 acres
Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer
Shapefile 5.7 MB
KMZ 8.1 MB
Metadata 
Posted 4/17/2018
Wildfire perimeters > 100 acres on Forests Service Lands in the Southwest Region of the Forest Service for the years 2000 - 2017.
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Areas (Southwestern Region)
Wildland Urban Interface
Feature Service
ArcGIS Layer File
Shape 2.2 MB
Metadata 
Posted 12/2001
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Areas Adjacent to Forest Service Lands in the South Western Region of the Forest Service  Image 
Constructed Features (Southwestern Region)

Constructed Features

Feature Service

ArcGIS Layer File

Posted 07/12/2018

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.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   




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