The Scenario Investment Planning Platform provided the Forest Service with tools to identify cross-boundary management priorities as part of the shared stewardship initiative. Scenario planning tools are an essential part of building consensus among landowners as a way to expand the restoration footprint to achieve desired outcomes on the ground.
Prioritizing and planning investments in restoration and risk reduction is a significant challenge for land managers globally. Tools are needed that can translate natural hazard threat assessments into spatially-explicit prioritization strategies and action plans that predict outcomes, analyze decision tradeoffs, and support planning analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act. The ForSys Planning Platform was developed by US Forest Service Research and Development to provide a robust analytical framework for simulating management scenarios and measuring outcomes and tradeoffs at a range of scales.
Explore landscape management scenarios optimized for multiple objectives to maximize returns from restoration and risk reduction investments.
Identify the type and area of restoration treatments required to meet restoration goals as part of longer term action plans.
Schedule the backlog of areas needing prescribed fire to optimize logistics and project design parameters.
Prioritize fuel break network treatments into manageable project areas that meet operational and administrative constraints and prioritize investments over time to maximize fire management outcomes.
Expand the restoration footprint by identifying cross-boundary projects that are optimized for multiple management objectives consistent with the goals of individual landowners.
Explore multiple restoration priorities to understand management tradeoffs and whether compromise solutions exist.