US Forest Service Data

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Many national forests have GIS data available for download. A statement from region 6 (Pacific NW) http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/data-library/gis/disclaimers.shtml says that the data are public domain. Unfortunately each forest seems have their own index of data and data organization. There are some files very relevant to OSM (trails; recreation points listing campsites, docks etc) and some not so useful to the normal OSM reader (owl and fish habitats).

The above may be accurate but outdated: a current (February 2013) and excellent nationwide data source is http://fsgeodata.fs.fed.us/vector/lsrs.php containing National Forest (including inholding via multipolygon inner members) boundaries, Wilderness areas, National Grasslands, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and others.

Regions

This map shows the regions the US Forest Service is divided into.

Tagging

National Forest Boundaries

Proposed tagging:

  • landuse=forest
  • boundary=national_park
  • boundary:type=protected_area
  • protect_class=6
  • protection_title=National Forest
  • ownership=national

See boundary=protected_area for more info.

Wilderness Boundaries

A wilderness is (usually? always?) a subset of a surrounding "parent" National Forest. In effect, a wilderness is both wilderness and national forest, the former a higher level of protection within the latter.

Proposed tagging:

  • leisure=nature_reserve
  • boundary=national_park
  • boundary:type=protected_area
  • protect_class=1b
  • protection_title=Wilderness
  • ownership=national

National Forest Trails

See the Hiking page for general tags related to hiking trails.

Proposed specific tags:

  • route_owner = national_forest, private_on_nf, private_noton_nf, county, state, city_town
  • route_no
  • trail_no

Questions:

  • Is there a U.S. equivalent of the sac_scale=*?

See Also:

National Forests

Northern Region (R1)

Rocky Mountain Region (R2)

  • Website: [1]
  • Status: Planning to start on boundaries within the next month --AndyAyre 22:31, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

Southwestern Region (R3)

  • Website: [2]
  • Status:
    • Forest boundaries: finished (including grasslands and a national preserve)
    • Wilderness areas: finished
    • Trails:
      • Coronado National Forest: finished
      • Apache Sitgreaves National Forest: finished

--AndyAyre 19:42, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

Intermountain Region (R4)

Pacific Southwest Region (R5)

  • Website: [3]
  • Status: inholdings and wilderness areas need attention
  • TODO
    • Mendocino National Forest: need to fix inholdings, wilderness areas
    • Shasta-Trinity National Forest: need to fix inholdings, wilderness areas
    • Klamath National Forest: need to fix inholdings, wilderness areas

Pacific Northwest Region (R6)

  • Crooked River National Grassland
    • Status: Grassland boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 17:24, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Deschutes National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 10:01, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Fremont-Winema National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 02:32, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Malheur National Forest
    • Status: Forest owned land boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 21:05, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Mt. Hood National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary & private land insets imported --Binary Alchemy 10:01, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Ochoco National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 17:24, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Olympic National Forest (Website)
    • Status:
      • Upload forest boundaries (done)
      • Began uploading Forest service trails --Tylerritchie 18:12, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 08:31, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Umatilla National Forest
    • Status: Forest owned land boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 21:05, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Umpqua National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 11:34, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Willamette National Forest
    • Status: Forest boundary & private land insets imported --Binary Alchemy 21:22, 18 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Willowa-Whitman National Forest
    • Status: Forest owned land boundary imported --Binary Alchemy 21:05, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
  • TODO:
    • Oregon: Siuslaw
    • Washington: Gifford Pinchot, Snoqualmie, Wenatchee, Mt. Baker, Okanogan, Colville

Southern Region (R8)

  • George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
    • Website: [5]
    • Status: Working on uploading trails -- Spesh 14:44, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
  • Kisatche National Forest
    • Website: [6]
    • Status: Completed uploading park boundaries -- kepardue
  • National Forests in Alabama
    • Conecuh National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Talladega National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Tuskegee National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • William B. Bankhead National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
  • National Forests in Florida
    • Apalachicola National Forest
      • Status: Forest and wilderness boundaries imported --jrenglish 08 February 2014
    • Ocala National Forest
      • Status: Forest and wilderness boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Osceola National Forest
      • Status: Forest and wilderness boundaries imported --jrenglish 08 February 2014
  • National Forests in Mississippi
    • Bienville National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • De Soto National Forest
      • Status: Forest and wilderness boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Delta National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Homochitto National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Holly Springs National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014
    • Tombigbee National Forest
      • Status: Forest boundaries imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014

Eastern Region (R9)

  • Allegheny National Forest
    • Status: Forest and wilderness boundary imported --jrenglish 09 February 2014

Alaska Region (R10)

  • TODO:
    • Chugach, Tongass


Comments

I've added the tools and steps I am using at: Getting US Government Shapefiles Into OpenStreetMap.

(Above added by rpmik)

(Below added by user Stevea)

Using data at http://fsgeodata.fs.fed.us/vector/lsrs.php (noted at the top of this wiki page), I began uploading some of these data in late February 2013. My initial focus was on Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) on California's central coast, extending into the southern part of the state. First I added all of LPNF's ten wilderness areas. I next added multipolygons for LPNF itself (there are 26 total, including inner members). Of course, this required deleting (the often incorrect TIGER 2009) already-existing-in-OSM polygons for LPNF (and two of its ten wilderness areas), which was not easy. (DONE: February 22, 2013).

My plan is to add the other three National Forests in southern California: Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino, as well their wilderness areas. (DONE: February 27, 2013).

After central and southern California are done, completing the rest of USGS Region 5 (California) is next. The difficulty (as with many OSM imports) is to correctly delete the old USFS boundary data (if any), as they are several years old and in some cases wrong or missing with respect to inholdings and wilderness areas. Because the http://fsgeodata.fs.fed.us/vector/lsrs.php data are current (February 2013), and noting correct inholdings as extant with inner members of multipolygons, these data should supersede existing USFS boundary data (many of which do not contain any or correct wilderness boundaries as essential subset data). This import intends to update, include correct inholdings, getting both USFS and wilderness boundaries into OSM. So, it directly addresses rpmik's concerns above that northern California USFS boundaries (e.g. Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity, Klamath) are incorrect for inholdings and wilderness.

As of March 4, 2013, I reviewed a comparison of the recent federal data of Sequoia National Forest and a similar upload of June 2010 uploaded by nmixter. They have a tags attribution=USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, USDA_region=05 id=12 (Sequoia, specifically) and source=www.fs.fed.us/r5/rsl/clearinghouse/gis-download.shtml but otherwise were so substantially close to identical that I left the June 2010 data intact. This makes me want to change my arbitrary geographic ordering from east to north, and skip ahead from Eastern California USFS forests (Sequoia, Inyo) directly to Northern Region 5 (Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Klamath...), as rpmik suggests.

The process I use includes open source tools to convert from USFS's shapefile-based NAD83 to WGS84 "native" .osm format, tips for editing the gigantic files (most data results are nationwide, and must be isolated to one forest or wilderness at a time, or JOSM may run out of memory), is ten steps long and documented. Contact me (Stevea) and I will be happy to send you this workflow.

Effective mid 2013, I will be pausing this import/upload to deal with some personal matters. I will update this page when I resume. (It is now late 2013, and I intend to get back to this project now or soon. -- Stevea)

See also