USDA FS Buildings

Last updated on 9/29/2017 2:37:32 PM.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA FS) buildings data layer in WFDSS includes all USDA FS buildings currently populated within the USDA FS Infrastructure Application (INFRA) database.

Data Input

The USDA FS buildings data are collected by individual USDA FS units and populated in the USDA FS INFRA database. If a building does not exist in the INFRA database, it does not appear in this layer. Each USDA FS region was queried individually. Latitude and Longitude data were used to create the shapefile. Buildings that were not within the region boundary in which it was populated from were not included in the layer. Then, all regions were merged to form a national layer.

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

Data Limitations

Coordinate data entry in INFRA has not always been mandatory. Therefore, many buildings do not have spatial descriptors. In addition, of those buildings that do have spatial descriptors, not all of them have been verified and mistakes in data entry may have occurred. Additions or corrections to this layer can be made through the INFRA database, which can then be spatially enabled and used to update this layer.

Attributes for this layer included building name, type, and region it resides in.

Data Information


USDA FS INFRA database (USFS employees only)


National (within USDA FS units)



Data Download:

Go to Spatial Data Downloads page


USDA FS Buildings 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

Amanda Rumsey
Data Scientist, Wildland Fire Management, RD&A
send email


Susan McClendon
WFM RD&A GIS Specialist
send email

Jill Kuenzi
send email


Joseph Kafka
send email

Andrew Bailey
send email

Skip Edel
send email

Julie Osterkamp
send email


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