Both the USFS and S&PF have an important mission to better understand where work is planned and accomplished across the country and to be able to report that in a timely manner.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) June 07, 2011
Timmons Group, a leader in geospatial consulting and application development, was recently selected by the United States Forest Service to develop the nation-wide Geospatial Activity and Accomplishment Tools (GAAT) enterprise solution for management planning and reporting.
Approximately forty-five percent of all forestland in the United States, or 354 million acres, is under nonindustrial private ownership. These lands contribute significantly to America's clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational resources and timber supplies. Authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) provides technical assistance, through State forestry agency partners, to Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) owners to encourage and enable active long-term forest management. A primary focus of the Program is the development of comprehensive, multi-resource management plans that provide landowners with the information they need to manage their forests for a variety of products and services. The U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) organization selected Timmons Group, through a competitive review process, for the development of the next release of the Forest Stewardship Plan, a writing and reporting tool. These tools are fundamental to a “Redesigned” S&PF that is able to relate on-the-ground accomplishments to priorities identified in the State assessments and strategies and consistently report on the core set of S&PF performance measures.
Timmons Group has worked with many state land management agencies over the past 10 years developing spatial accomplishment tracking and land management solutions. Developed solutions include Web-based geospatial/GIS planning and accomplishment tools, water quality monitoring and wildfire tracking tools, and reporting tools for Web and mobile platforms.
“We are extremely excited to work with the USFS, S&PF team for the development of their GAAT,” said Lowell Ballard, Director of Geospatial Solutions for Timmons Group. “Both the USFS and S&PF have an important mission to better understand where work is planned and accomplished across the country and to be able to report that in a timely manner. With the recent adoption of the State Forest Assessments in each state, a refined sense of priority for conservation delivery exists. Being able to track planned and completed activities against those defined priorities, both state-by-state and nationally, is imperative to the mission of the USFS. We have built many strong friendships with USFS state partners and are eager to provide the same capabilities to S&PF.”
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