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The USDA Produced Secretary Memo 2A in support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. They directed USGS to take a number of actions in support of science-based sustainable forest. Also, in land management of the National Forest and Grasslands. The Forest Services Geospatial Technology and Application Center (GTAC) is tasked with delivering the 2a1 and 2a2 as well as providing support for the upgrade of the Fireshed Registry Dashboard for the Wildland Risk Reduction Infrastructure Team (WRITT).

Problem and Solution

The project had two near-term deadline requirements:

  1. Produce an updated Fireshed Risk Map for ecosystem and equity layers
  2. Create a gap analysis and decision support tool

Xentity started by reviewing the existing input data and parameters to the fireshed analysis. Also, they worked with relevant subject matter experts to compile and supply necessary datasets identified and prioritized to the Fireshed analysis. These datasets included community characteristics, carbon storage and sequestration, community infrastructure, at-risk species habitat, wildlife habitat connectivity, and local watersheds / municipal water supply. Once input data are reviewed, prioritized, compiled and supplied for the subsequent fireshed analyses, Xentity created additional derived data products from relevant source data.

Furthermore, having reviewed, augmented and supplied relevant, necessary data for the fireshed analysis, Xentity rendered the data through ArcGIS Online web maps and applications such as StoryMap and Experience Builder apps. Finally, Xentity collaborated closely with identified agency subject matter experts, core team, subteams, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure an inclusive approach to accomplishing tasks.

Outcome and Benefits

Through Xentity’s help, GTAC was able to deliver the following:

  1. Updated Fireshed Risk Map and Supplemental Tools
  2. Compiled data published as geospatial service
  3. Deliverable documentation (Data, web maps and apps)