Webinar: Biophysical Settings Review in the Great Basin: What it is, How it works, Why it matters

Event Type: 
GNLCC Webinar
Date and Time: 
Sep 27, 2016 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm MDT

LANDFIRE presents this webinar in partnership with the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange and the Great Basin, Great Northern, and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs).

All ecosystems are dynamic and changing due to growth, succession and disturbances. Between 2005-2009, in collaboration with hundreds of colleagues, LANDFIRE produced more than 1,000 unique pre-European state-and-transitions models and descriptions, one for every major ecosystem (called Biophysical Settings or BpS) mapped by the Program. The BpS models and descriptions have been used in many land management applications from setting reference conditions and measuring change to modeling alternative management scenarios.

LANDFIRE launched the current BpS Review project to ask for expert assistance in bringing the models and descriptions up-to-date. Of particular interest to individuals working in the Great Basin or in sagebrush habitats across the West is the big sage “Macro Review.” The Macro Review provides an opportunity to look at how. The Intermountain Basin Big Sagebrush Shrubland and Intermountain Basin Big Sagebrush Steppe ecosystems function across their entire range. These systems cover over 90 million acres in the western U.S. and provide critical habitat for the greater sage-grouse. Improving the models helps LANDFIRE more accurately map fire regimes and vegetation departure, and it enables us to provide a more current and robust product for use in land management planning activities.

This webinar, led by LANDFIRE Fire Ecologist Kori Blankenship, will provide an introduction to LANDFIRE BpS models and invite your participation in the current BpS review opportunities.