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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.

            Land Use Strata - Selected States

              The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) area sampling frame is a delineation of all parcels of land for the purpose of later sampling the parcels. The area frame is constructed by visually interpreting satellite imagery to divide a state into homogenous land use areas (strata) based on percent cultivated. The strata are typically defined as low, medium or high percent cultivated, non-agricultural land, urban use, agri-urban, or water. This site provides links to download ESRI shape and symbology layer files, as well as low resolution JPEG or higher resolution PDF images for each state.

              RCA Report - Interactive Data Viewer

                This site supports the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA) by providing data from a variety of sources, including data on the status and trends of natural resources, conservation efforts (funding and conservation practices applied), and the agricultural sector. Reports can be created at the State, Regional, or National level.