Data, Tools and Products
The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national platform that connects land managers and decision makers with useable science to address climate change in natural resources planning and management.
Dashboards are business intelligence tools that display data and visualizations, and are designed to facilitate transparency and evidence-based decision making in specific topic areas. The primary software used to develop executive and public-facing dashboards in the Forest Service is Tableau, a Salesforce product. Publicly available Tableau dashboards include products focused on economic contributions of national forests, timber sales, the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments in wildfire crisis strategic landscapes, and more. The quality and accuracy of these products is governed by the Forest Service Chief Data Office.
The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program is the Nation’s continuous forest census, providing information to assess America's forests by allowing users to create data queries and tables, perform GIS studies, produce forest population estimates, and download raw data for both standard and urban plots.
The Forest Sustainability Assessment Program uses criteria and indicators to report on forest conditions in the United States across the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. Indicators are updated on a rolling basis and posted on the program website along with periodic summary and special topic reports.
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools can help strengthen forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying forest structure and the environmental benefits that trees provide.
The Patent Program helps convert Forest Service research into usable information and technologies that benefit both the American public and industry. Patents are an effective mode of technology transfer because their exclusive use makes the technologies more appealing to the marketplace. Technology transfer leads to increased productivity, increased industrial innovation, enhanced U.S. industrial competitiveness, job creation, and improved and lower cost public services.
Forest Service Research & Development has long recognized the usefulness and importance of archiving and sharing the research data it generates. The Research Data Archive houses a catalog of citable data from Forest Service R&D, including Experimental Forests & Ranges, and the Joint Fire Science Program.
The Resources Planning Act (RPA) assessment reports on the status and trends and projected futures of the Nation's renewable resources on all forests and rangelands. The RPA assessment includes analyses of forests, rangelands, wildlife and fish, biodiversity, water, outdoor recreation, wilderness, urban forests, and the effects of socioeconomics and climate change on these resources.
Treesearch is an online system for sharing free, full text publications by Research and Development scientists in the USDA Forest Service.
Included in Treesearch are scholarly works authored by the agency’s scientists and published by journals, in conference proceedings, or in books. Treesearch also offers scholarly works published by the agency which may or may not have been authored by agency researchers.
All publications appearing in Treesearch are based on peer reviewed research to make sure they provide the best scientific information possible.