Development of the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System
The IFTDSS provides numerous benefits for stakeholders:
- Makes the fuels treatment planning process more efficient by providing access to a variety of data and tools and streamlining time consuming activities such as preparing vegetation data sets, formatting and reformatting data for input to software applications, and preparing documents.
- Improves the science behind fuels treatment planning by providing a framework for scientists to more easily test and validate models.
- Provides an extensible system in which new data and tools can be added as they are developed over time.
- Promotes collaboration and strengthens the partnership among a variety of federal and state land management agencies (e.g., the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.).