The IFMAP Project: Quantifying Forest Resources Using GIS and Remote Sensing
Track: Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management
Author(s): Mark Zweifler, Frank Sapio, Andrew Brenner
The Integrated Forest Monitoring Assessment and Prescription (IFMAP) project focuses on the streamlining of forest inventory data capture and reporting using geospatial and remote sensing technologies for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Increasingly, land managers are expected to make local and immediate decisions in the context of broader landscape concerns, long-term trends, and desired future outcomes. To this end, a flexible system that supports decision making across multiple spatial and temporal scales has been developed. To achieve these information goals at reasonable cost, the project seeks to take advantage of efficiencies offered by advances in technology as well as in the integration and augmentation of existing data.
This presentation will explain how the IFMAP project (1) uses a State-wide land cover map based on classification of Landsat TM satellite imagery and integrates it with the federal Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) system to produce a State-wide estimate of forest resources; (2) uses DNR lands, multiresource inventory based on interpretation of high-resolution imagery and a redesigned DNR field inventory to produce an estimate of State Forest resources; and (3) uses a custom client/server GIS application for supporting collection, storage, acces, and analysis of inventory data based on Esri's Arc 8 and ArcSDE software.
FMD Michigan DNR
P.O. Box 30452
530 W. Allegan Street
Lansing , MI 48909-7952
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Forest Management Division
Stephen T. Mason Bldg
Ann Arbor Regional Office
455 E. Eisinhower Blvd, Suite 70
Ann Arbor , MI 48108