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Rocky Mountain Research Station Air, Water, & Aquatic Environments Program

    The Air, Water, and Aquatic Environments (AWAE) research program is one of eight Science Program areas within the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS). Our science develops core knowledge, methods, and technologies that enable effective watershed management in forests and grasslands, sustain biodiversity, and maintain healthy watershed conditions.

    Monongahela National Forest Geospatial Data

      Selected geospatial data that encompass the Monongahela National Forest are available for download from this page. A link to the FGDC-compliant metadata is provided for each dataset.

      NLET - National Load Estimating Tool

        NLET (National Load Estimating Tool) is a web-based tool for estimating pollutant loads in watersheds across the contiguous United States. This tool helps visualize the effects of land use patterns, cultivated crops, and conservation practices through graphical representation.

        Ecoregions of North America

          Ecoregions are identified by analyzing the patterns and composition of biotic and abiotic phenomena that affect or reflect differences in ecosystem quality and integrity. These phenomena include geology, landforms, soils, vegetation, climate, land use, wildlife, and hydrology. The relative importance of each characteristic varies from one ecological region to another regardless of the hierarchical level. A Roman numeral classification scheme has been adopted for different hierarchical levels of ecoregions, ranging from general regions to more detailed. Included in this dataset is additional details about each level, and downloadable maps and GIS data files.

          Recreation Information Database (RIDB)

            Recreation Information Database (RIDB) Application Programming Interface (API) is provided for the purpose of accessing RIDB API endpoints which contain information for federal recreation areas, facilities, campsites, tours, and permits.

            Soil Data Access Web Service

              The current Soil Data Access Web Map Service (WMS) supports Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) WMS version 1.1.1 requests while the current Soil Data Access Web Feature Services (WFS) support OGC WFS version 1.1.0 (GML2/GML3) requests. GML is an acronym for Geography Markup Language, and is the XML grammar defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to express geographical features. GML serves as a modeling language for geographic systems as well as an open interchange format for geographic transactions on the Internet. EPSG is an acronym used throughout the Soil Data Access web pages. It stands for European Petroleum Survey Group. They publish a database of coordinate system information plus some very good related documents on map projections and datums.

              LANDFIRE

                LANDFIRE (LF), Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools, is a shared program between the wildland fire management programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior, providing landscape scale geo-spatial products to support cross-boundary planning, management, and operations. LANDFIRE is a program that provides over 20 national geo-spatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models that are available to the public for the US and insular areas.