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      Natural Resource Manager (NRM)              Natural Resource
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                   Air                            Manager
                   Field Sampled
                      Vegetation (FSVeg)

      National Offices and Programs
      Regional Offices
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      Phone Directory                             The Natural Resource Manager (NRM) is a
                                                   system of database tools for managing Agency
US Forest Service                                  data across the Forest Service. Natural Resource
Natural Resource Manager                           Manager includes: Forest Service ACtivity
1400 Independence Avenue, SW                       Tracking System (FACTS), Infrastructure
Washington, DC 20250-0003                          (Infra), Natural Resource Information System
                                                   (NRIS), and Timber Information Manager (TIM)
Key Contacts:                        applications. NRM applications provide tools for
                                                   most of the agency's natural resource business

                                                   NRM Products
                                                   NRM provides information and support for a
                                                   variety of database, data collection, and analysis
                                                   products. Most of the NRM products are
                                                   accessible only within the Forest Service's
                                                   computing environment. If you do not have
                                                   access to the Forest Service Intranet and have
                                                   questions about NRM products, please contact


                                                   The Air application helps air resource managers
analyze the effects of air pollutants on natural,
cultural, and social resources on lands managed
by the Forest Service.

See more Air information and documentation...

Aquatic Surveys (AqS)

Aquatic Surveys (AqS) supports ecological and
physical stream variables for three hierarchical
levels of the riverine system on National Forest
System (NFS) lands: valley segments, stream
reaches and channel units. Data collected about
aquatic fauna communities (fish, invertebrates,
macroinvertebrates, amphibians, reptiles) in
streams, lakes and spring environments are

Aquatic Surveys includes data, field notes and
digital images about physical dimensions and
conditions (e.g., wetted and bankfull dimensions,
wood, substrate, bank condition, gradient),
continuous water and air temperature
monitoring, and the aquatic organisms
occupying the waterbody being surveyed. The
primary user-base for AqS includes biologists,
hydrologists, and ecologists. The mapping and
reporting tools deliver raw or summarized
aquatic data to any user. Using Aquatic Surveys,
information can be managed and consumed at all

Data Exchange (DX)

Data Exchange (DX) allows a person with high-
level data management and manipulation skills
to clean and migrate tabular and spatial data into
NRM from external sources. The DX is also
used for the migration of data from Portable
Data Recorder (PDR) mobile applications into
NRM. Data Exchange tools are available:

      Aquatic Surveys
      Invasive Species
      Map Units
      Rangeland Inventory and Monitoring
       Sample points
      Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive
      Watershed Improvement Tracking
      Wildlife

Additional DX tools are developed as identified
by Program Managers and application

Field Sampled Vegetation (FSVeg)

Field Sampled Vegetation (FSVeg) stores data
about trees, fuels, down woody material, surface
cover, and understory vegetation. FSVeg
supports the business of common stand exam,
fuels data collection, permanent grid inventories,
and other vegetation inventory collection

See more FSVeg information, documentation,
and software...

Field Sampled Vegetation Spatial
(FSVeg Spatial)

FSVeg Spatial manages spatial and tabular
vegetation data in one place, at one time. It
contains three types of data:

   1. The vegetation polygon feature class
      (required to use FSVeg Spatial),
   2. The vegetation point feature class, and
   3. Non-stand-exam vegetation data
      associated with the polygon feature class.

NRM is working with units to move vegetation
data from forests into the FSVeg Spatial

Inventory and Mapping

Inventory and Mapping for Terrestrial
Ecological Units, non-NASIS Soils and
Potential Natural Vegetation is a spatial
application that supports sampling, mapping,
characterization, interpretation, and
classification of terrestrial natural resources.
Specifically supporting Terrestrial Ecological
Unit Inventory (TEUI) project work, and
inventories for Geology, Soils, and Potential
Natural Vegetation.

National Visitor Use Monitoring

National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM)
software manages information gathered from on-
site surveys of recreation visitors to lands
managed by the Forest Service. For information
about NVUM’s statistical methodology, visit
Recreation, Heritage & Wilderness Programs
National Visitor Use Monitoring Program. Data
collection is based on a stratified random sample
methodology to develop sound estimates of
visitor use, characteristics, satisfaction, and
spending information for each national forest.

The NVUM Results software is now available
to the public on the Internet. It delivers NVUM
statistics at the national, regional and forest
scales using 70 pre-defined reports and maps.
Results from individual forests can be combined
using the Results software to access multiple-
forests, regional, and national estimates of the
numbers and types of recreation visits. Reports
are available for all years beginning with fiscal
year 2005 (October 1, 2004 to September 31,

Proceed to the NVUM Results application…

Rangeland Inventory and Monitoring

Rangeland Inventory and Monitoring supports
national protocols for vegetation and ground
cover sampling, general site characterization and
detailed soil pedon descriptions. The application
supports site characterization, interpretations and
classifications; it also accommodates casual
point observations with basic attributes.
National vegetation sampling protocols
supported by the application include: Tree/Snag,
Ocular Macroplot, Line Intercept, Cover
Frequency, Nested Rooted Frequency, Robel
Pole, Density, Paced Transect, Macroplot,
Riparian Greenline–Winward, Riparian Cross
Section–Winward, and Riparian Woody
Regeneration–Winward. Rangeland Inventory
and Monitoring is a spatial application intended
for defined projects with formal protocol- or
program-driven inventories.

Resources and References

      Sampling Vegetation Attributes (PDF,
       18.1 MB) - This interagency monitoring
       guide provides the basis for consistent,
       uniform, and standard vegetation
       sampling that is economical, repeatable,
       statistically reliable, and technically
       adequate. It includes primary sampling
       methods used across the West.
      Measuring and Monitoring Vegetation
       Populations (PDF, 5.1 MB) - This
       interagency technical reference applies to
       single-species and to some plant
       community monitoring. It contains
       sections for planning, design, sampling,
       analysis, and decision-making.
      Monitoring Manual for Grassland,
       Shrubland and Savanna Ecosystems,
       Volumes 1 and 2 - This manual describes
       sample design approaches and
       quantitative methods used to monitor
       three key attributes of landscape and
       ecosystem sustainability: soil and site
       stability, hydrologic function and biotic
       integrity. These methods are referenced
       in "Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland
       Health". The quantitative information
       collected can be used to provide the
       foundation for assessing and evaluating
       the degree to which goals and/or values
       are being met by current landscape
      Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland
       Health (PDF, 5.8 MB) - This interagency
       technical reference was designed to
       implement the qualitative assessment of
       rangeland health. It is for use by
       individuals with a good understanding of
       the ecological sites being evaluated. The
       protocol can provide a preliminary
       assessment of soil/site stability,
       hydrologic function, and biotic integrity
       at the ecological site level. Quantitative
       measures for the indicators can be found
       in the "Monitoring Manual for Grassland,
       Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems".
      Restoring Western Ranges and Wildlands
       - This three volume publication provides
       background for philosophy, processes,
       plant materials selection, site preparation,
       and seed and seeding equipment for
       revegetating disturbed rangelands,
       emphasizing use of native species. It
       includes guidelines for planning,
       conducting, and managing the process. It
       contains a compilation of rangeland
       revegetation research conducted over the
       last several decades to aid practitioners in
       reestablishing healthy communities and
       curbing the spread of invasive species.
      Vegetation Monitoring in a Management
       Context - This interagency field course
       teaches the basic skills to design and
       implement a vegetation monitoring

Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive
Plants, and Invasive Species (TESP/IS)

TESP/IS support national data collection
standards for combined TESP and invasive
species surveys, TESP element-occurrences, and
Invasive Species Inventories.

Watershed Improvement Tracking

Watershed Improvement Tracking (WIT)
manages data, observations and planning details
about sites that need to be (or have been)
restored or improved with the intent of
benefiting watershed and aquatic ecosystem
health and function. The application is a
watershed restoration activity tracker that
addresses site conditions, administrative plans
and actions, and outcomes. The primary users of
WIT are biologists and hydrologists; however,
the reporting products deliver raw or
summarized information valuable for project
leaders, program managers, and public relations

Water Rights and Uses (WRU)

Water Rights and Uses (WRU) tracks state and
federally recognized water uses and related
information regarding the water source,
beneficial uses, quantity, and periods of water
use. The application also tracks core information
about water rights that may be associated to the
water use and the legal and administrative
actions that occur. Data collected during site
visits to water use system components includes
descriptions and dimensions of the water use
system as well as site maps, reports and digital
photographs. Integration with other Forest
Service corporate applications including
Automated Lands Project (ALP) and Infra are
also supported to provide for a variety of
integrated reports.

Watershed Classification and
Assessment Tracking Tool (WCATT)

NRM developed the Watershed Classification
and Assessment Tracking Tool (WCATT)
application in support of the Watershed
Condition Framework (WCF) to provide a
nationally consistent approach for classifying
watershed condition. The tool supports the
entering, editing and reporting of classification
and assessment data for watersheds that contain
U.S. Forest Service lands. WCATT provides a
Geographic Information System (GIS) approach
to data input for tracking Watershed
Classification by 12-digit hydrologic units by
year. The Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, and
Rare Plants Directors area sponsor it.


Wildlife supports terrestrial animal observations
and site inventories.

Tools for Getting and Using NRM Data

NRM uses common NRM data sources and
output tools to provide data for analysis. NRM
provides spatial and tabular outputs at many
scales. Data can be obtained from the Geospatial
Interface (GI), I-Web Corporate Data Warehouse
(CDW), I-Web User Views, I-Web MS
Access/Excel Add-in Tool, and using reporting
tools available through applications. In 2010
NRM is beginning an Output Project to facilitate
better output creation, documentation and

      INtegrated FOrest Resource
       Management System (INFORMS) is a
       GIS-based decision support framework
       for tasks associated with watershed and
       project-level planning. INFORMS
       integrates analysis tools like the Forest
       Vegetation Simulator, and various fire
       analysis tools for ease of use; and
       facilitates analysis of NRM data.
      Geospatial Interface (GI) is a GIS tool
       that simplifies obtaining and symbolizing
       spatial layers from different sources. The
       GI can integrate spatial and tabular data
       from different sources to create new,
       localized outputs.
      Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) is
       a repository of summarized and
       integrated spatial and tabular corporate
       data. The CDW is populated with
       National and Regional-scale information
       from NRM products. The GIS Data
       Dictionary outputs were the first datasets
       migrated to the CDW.
                                                    I-Web Access and Excel Add-In allows
                                                     users to create custom queries from the
                                                     corporate database using Microsoft
                                                     Access and Excel.
                                                    I-Web User Views allow users to build,
                                                     refine, and save custom tabular queries.

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