The Land Treatment Digital Library — A centralized database for managers and scientists

Event Type: 
GNLCC Webinar
Date and Time: 
Sep 18, 2013 (All day)

Time: 12-1pm MDT / 11am-12pm PDT

Presenter: Justin L. Welty, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Description: Across the country, public land managers make decisions each year that influence landscapes and ecosystems within their jurisdictions. Many of these decisions involve vegetation manipulations, which often are referred to as land treatments. These treatments include removal or alteration of plant biomass, seeding of burned areas, application of herbicides, and other activities. Data documenting these land treatments usually are stored at local management offices in various formats. Therefore, anyone interested in the types and effects of land treatments across multiple jurisdictions must first assemble the information, which can be difficult if data discovery and organization involve multiple local offices. A centralized system for storing and accessing the data helps inform land managers when making policy and management considerations and assists scientists in developing sampling designs and studies.

The Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL) was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a comprehensive database incorporating tabular data, documentation, photographs, and spatial data about land treatments in a single system. It was developed over a period of several years and refined based on feedback from partner agencies and stakeholders. Currently, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land treatment data are being entered by USGS personnel as part of a memorandum of understanding between the USGS and BLM. The LTDL has assisted multiple research projects studying land treatments by selecting potential study sites.  As the database continues to expand, the power of the LTDL to assist both scientists and land managers will continue to grow.

The LTDL has a website maintained by the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. LTDL data can be viewed at

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