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Using GIS in Forest Stewardship plan creation and management.

Authors: Arvind Bhuta*, USDA Forest Service, Tom Luther, USDA Forest Service
Topics: Natural Resources, Land Use, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: stewardship, GIS, geospatial, forests
Session Type: Poster
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The USDA Forest Service Forest Stewardship Program’s release of the Stewardship Mapping and Reporting Tool (SMART) signaled a new era in Stewardship accomplishment reporting capability and responsibility. SMART fills the need for a national Stewardship geospatial data repository that supports consistent and accurate reporting of accomplishments across the landscape for states to report their work to the Forest Service and federal appropriators. SMART allows for a user-friendly, feature-rich plan creation and management tool available on the web. Though built with a geospatial backbone, SMART allows field foresters, working with private landowners, to prepare Forest Stewardship Management Plans, record contact and other attribute information of the plan property, track plan implementation accomplishments, and spatially display and analyze plan locations and associated activities, without the need for desktop GIS software or GIS expertise. Spatial accomplishment tracking allows users to relate on-the-ground accomplishments to priorities identified in the State Forest Action Plans, as well as consistently report on a core set of State & Private Forestry (S&PF) program performance measures.

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