Jurisdictional Agencies

 Last updated on 7/1/2011 12:52:59 PM.


The Jurisdictional Agencies dataset is developed as a national surface management layer for the WFDSS (Wildland Fire Decision Support System). It is intended to provide federal surface management areas on a national scale.  The agency and unit names are an indication of the primary owner name, recognizing that:

For publicly held lands the agency name is the surface managing agency, such as Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, etc.The unit name refers to the descriptive name of the polygon (i.e. Northern California District, Boise National Forest, etc.).

These data are used to automatically populate fields on the WFDSS Incident Information page.

Data Input

(This is a revision of the Federal SMA 20110322 layer addressing updated surface lands management in Alaska.)

SMA (Surface Management Areas) is a merge of federal lands from BLM State Offices' surface management status vector maps for 14 western US states: Alaska 20110510, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming current to 2007-2010; Montana (including North Dakota and South Dakota) dated 20110214, and Utah dated 20101208. It also includes State of Hawaii datasets 2006; a merge of Hawaiian Islands USFWS and NPS datasets current to 2010; with a merge of the eastern United States, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico consisting of USFWS, NPS, BLM, and USFS datasets current to 2010. All are revised with BIA 20100610 data. Only federally managed lands are included, except Alaska includes State and ANCSA Native lands.

Caution: The data displayed in WFDSS are intended for STRATEGIC USE ONLY. Always verify the positional accuracy of the data with local knowledge.


Pre-Release Draft: This Coverage Is Not Certified by the BLM

This coverage has not been checked for accuracy. BLM attribution is in need of refinement due to inconsistent boundaries between the BLM state offices contribution and the national SMA layer. Most of the input coverages from each BLM office state they should not be used at scales greater than 1:100,000. There is a mix of scales used from the source coverages. For further Use Constraints information please see the BLM State Office Web Pages or other state clearinghouse outlined in the Data Quality, Source Information section for each input layer.BIA

DISCLAIMER Land Status (not Ownership)

Indian Trust Land affiliated with Tribes, Reservations, or BIA Agencies: These data are not considered the system of record and are not intended to be used as such. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Branch of Wildland Fire Management (BWFM) is not the originator of these data. The spatial data coverage is a consolidation of the best available records/data received from each of the 12 BIA Regional Offices. The data are no better than the original sources from which they were derived. Care was taken when consolidating these files. However, BWFM cannot accept any responsibility for errors, omissions, or positional accuracy in the original digital data. The information contained in these data is dynamic and is continually changing. Updates to these data will be made whenever such data are received from a Regional Office. The BWFM gives no guarantee, expressed, written, or implied, regarding the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data.

Data Information


BLM state office data and national federal agency data compiled by the BLM National Operations Center Resource Services





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Jurisdictional Agencies GIS Team Contacts

The WFDSS application is "data rich". It requires data which is spatially oriented and graphically displays information to support wildland fire and other natural resource decisions. Due to the type and number of interagency spatial data sets required in April 2009 an interagency GIS Team was formed to provide data support for WFDSS. This Team is responsible for acquiring, consolidating, and validating their agency spatial and tabular data. In addition this team developed and maintained communications among local, regional, and national agency personnel to improve the collection process and provide explicit guidance on data needs. The members of the WFDSS GIS Team are:

Table 1: WFDSS GIS Team Contacts

WFDSS GIS Team Contacts

Andrew Bailey WFM RD&A Data Manager
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Ben Butler
WFM RD&A GIS Specialist
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Jill Kuenzi
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Joseph Kafka
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Cameron Tongier
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Skip Edel
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Dianna Sampson
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Kristy Swartz BLM-NIFC 208.387.5326 send email

Jennifer L. Jenkins BLM-Alaska Fire Service 907.356.5587 send email