USFS - Insect and Disease Survey EDW

Mar 1, 2021
Uploaded by Chelsea Leitz
A map service on the www depicting the locations of damage caused by insect, disease and other abiotic agents.
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USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection and its partners
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Users need to exercise caution regarding the spatial accuracy of these data due to the subjective nature of aerial sketchmapping and the varying scales of source materials. Comparison with other datasets for the same area from other time periods may be inaccurate due to inconsistencies resulting from rounding of decimal coordinates during conversion, changes in mapping conventions over time, change in assignment of damage casual agent, and type of data collection. Any products (hardcopy or electronic) using these data sets shall clearly indicate their source. If the user has modified the data in any way, they are obligated to describe the modifications on all products. The user specifically agrees not to misrepresent these data sets, nor to imply that changes made were approved by the USDA Forest Service. ***Related to TPA: The aerial survey community has recognized there is a tree mortality underestimate occurring in high mortality areas. There have been efforts to improve the accuracy in these cases in the last couple of years, and the 2010 (and beyond) estimates are likely to be closer to the truth. Some of the contributing factors appear to be a) the inter-mixing of several year's worth of mortality, which makes it hard to see the newly killed trees in among the previous years’ dead; b) the need to draw very large polygons, which tend to be more heterogeneous (more inclusions of non-host and non-forest areas), which make it necessary to not only estimate the number of dead trees in a forest context, but also to make mental adjustment of how much of these large polygons is non-type; c) the recent bark beetle events were at an unprecedented scale and intensity beyond the experience of most any of our observers. ****Related to Polygon Issues During Outbreaks: ADS polygons during outbreaks (such as the mountain pine beetle outbreak in the west) are larger both because the areas of contiguous mortality are larger and also because the observers are only able to record a limited number of polygons given the flight speed. When there are a large number of mortality groups being observed, the observers must include multiple groups of mortality in a single polygon to keep up. This tends to include more areas of non-mortality host, non-host types, and non-forested areas(the areas between the individual groups of red trees). The USDA Forest Service makes no warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness or utility of these geospatial data, or for the improper or incorrect use of these geospatial data. These geospatial data and related maps or graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The data and maps may not be used to determine title, ownership, legal descriptions or boundaries, legal jurisdiction, or restrictions that may be in place on either public or private land. Natural hazards may or may not be depicted on the data and maps, and land users should exercise due caution. The data are dynamic and may change over time. The user is responsible to verify the limitations of the geospatial data and to use the data accordingly.
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About the Uploader

Chelsea Leitz
Regional Inventory, Monitoring, Assessment and Climate Change Coordinator with USFS

I am a member of the Planning Unit staff area at the Regional Office in Atlanta for the USFS. From August - November 2019, I detailed at the National Forests in North Carolina Supervisor's Office in Asheville as the All Lands Data Program Manager.