Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

USDA Forest Service – Forest Inventory and Analysis Program and USDA Forest Service – FIA Program

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Project Goal

The USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program’s Digital Engagement Portfolio improves service to FIA's existing customer base while reaching new customers with interactive, spatially explicit, and richly connected content. The Engagement Portfolio currently shares 19 different applications, and it demonstrates a creative and dynamic approach to technology transfer while facilitating modeling and systems integration.
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Business Problem Solved

Success for the FIA program is defined by providing its user community with the data, information, and knowledge products they need to accomplish their diverse objectives. We must facilitate the discovery and use of the content we've invested so much to obtain and produce. As a result of developing the FIA Engagement Portfolio, FIA's user community is expanding rapidly from traditional power users and resource professionals to include developers, scientists, educators, media, decision makers and an interested public.

Technology Implemented

The FIA Engagement Portfolio relies heavily on the ArcGIS Online platform, its associated templates, application builders, and services. In addition, the Engagement Portfolio makes uses of custom-built applications and online libraries.

Development Team Biography

Success of past and ongoing efforts of creating novel data delivery applications and storytelling tools relies on the efforts of many people across the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and many partners across and outside of the agency. Individuals from the office of Inventory, Monitoring & Assessment Research of the USDA Forest Service in Washington D.C., the FIA's regional offices (Northern Research Station FIA, Southern Research Station FIA, Pacific Northwest Research Station FIA, and Rocky Mountain Research Station FIA), and the USDA Forest Service Chief Information Office, have all contributed to the success of this project. Moreover, numerous State forestry agency partners have and continue to be key to our achievements.

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