The Integrated Landscape Assessment Project
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR
The Integrated Landscape Assessment Project (ILAP) was funded in 2009 by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. ILAP is building landscape-wide data and models for all major upland ecological systems (except for croplands and urban lands) in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. ILAP products include: 1) existing vegetation and potential natural vegetation data; 2) state and transition models that allow forecasting potential future conditions under differing management scenarios; 3) interpretations of wildlife habitat, fire and fuel conditions, treatment finances, and community economic impacts that might result from alternative management scenarios; and 4) decision support frameworks. Decision support methods will integrate model projections and other information to allow managers, policy makers, and other interested people to view the potential results of alternative management scenarios in flexible ways, depending on users’ interests. The project also integrates watershed conditions and other resource, social, and economic information into the decision support framework. A climate change module connects mid-scale state and transition models to broader-scale climate change and dynamic vegetation models to allow examination of potential climate change effects on local vegetation, natural disturbances, and resource values in conjunction with the influences of management actions. The models, data, and interpretations will be useful to public land management planners, policy analysts, local and regional restoration collaborators, and many others. Most ILAP products will be delivered by the end of calendar year 2011.