Volume 8, Issue 2 - May/June 2015
Western Threat Center Highlights
Threat Centers and PALS Expand Forest Plan Database
Newly added data and tools are growing the searchable archive of land and resource management plans known as FP_DECK (Forest Plan Database Exchange of Current Knowledge), a collaborative project of the Eastern and Western Threat Centers. Western Threat Center staff members are inputting current and older versions of management plans to assist national forest planning teams with revision processes. Planning teams can also use FP_DECK to align management plan goals to National Environmental Policy Act requirements via the PALS (Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System) tool, and can link to useful planning information from Forest Service tools including the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options, the Wildland Threat Mapper, and the MC2 model of current and future vegetation and carbon content. Based on interest from planning teams, Western Threat Center staff are also populating FP_DECK with national grassland management plans, the Northwest Forest Plan, and state forest plans throughout 2015. Next year, staff will add management plans from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. For more information, contact technical information specialist Lisa Balduman at email@example.com or visit www.fs.fed.us/wwetac.
Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon. Photo by USDA Forest Service.