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Development of Forest Stewardship Program Spatial Analysis Project for Idaho Land Management Planning

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  071094.(doi:10.13031/2013.23085)
Authors:   Sudhanshu S Panda, Syed H Ahmed, Suzie Jude, Tracy Morgan, Kirk David
Keywords:   Forest stewardship, spatial analysis program, GIS model builder, map algebra, decision support system

Under the 1990 Farm Bill to encourage private forest landowners to manage their land, the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) was established. FSP is a Spatial Analysis Project (SAP) and is designed to provide a consistent methodology for conducting statewide assessments for identifying important forestland along with assessing any risks or vulnerabilities facing those resources. Idaho a FSP participating state is preparing an FSP-SAP to provide land management insight to private landowners in the state. The project is fundamentally a GIS-based analysis project aimed at identifying the most suitable private lands in Idaho. The GIS Training and Research Center at Idaho State University worked with the Idaho Department of Land to develop a spatial model to assist with real-time decision-making and the development of forest stewardship plans. The spatial modeling approach employs a weighted overlay analysis using ArcGIS 9.1 Model Builder. The model uses twelve different GIS data layers for the state of Idaho in the analysis. They are, such as 1) slope; 2) forest patch size; 3) priority watershed; 4) T&E (endangered) species; 5) forest health; 6) public drinking water supply; 7) forested wetlands; 8) private forest land; 9) proximity to public land; 10) wildlife assessment; 11) developing areas; 12) riparian areas. All these layers were individually created to be used in the model building procedures. Creating a Geodatabase of all the geographic layers was also another objective along with the main objective of the Idaho FSP-SAP of developing a land management decision-making tool for private landowners in the state.

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