For the best natural resource decision-making to take place, resource managers should have access to information describing not only the resource in question but also the broad landscape related to it. INR helps to inform decision-makers by capturing characteristics of Oregon wildlife and vegetation through creating maps and tools for resource management. These tools include vegetation layers, predictive modeling, and wildlife distributions.
Three projects have traditionally comprised the Pacific Northwest Landscape Assessment and Mapping Program (PNW-LAMP). The first is the General Land Office (GLO) Historical Vegetation Mapping. This project produces maps of historical vegetation and stream networks for several areas of the state, primarily based on interpretation of public land survey records. The second is the Oregon Gap Analysis Program (OR-GAP). Based upon the scientific method for understanding how well native species are represented in present day conservation plans, this project produces geographic information on ordinary species and habitats. It continues to be a cooperative effort managed by ORBIC with major help from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey, Defenders of Wildlife, the Nature Conservancy, and OSU. The third is a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to map the vegetation in the national parks in the Pacific Northwest. Maps of Mount Rainier National Park and Lewis and Clark National Historic Park are almost complete, and sampling to map Olympic National Park is underway.
INR worked with the Forest Service's PNW Research Station to establish the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project (ILAP) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This was a collaborative effort with the OSU Department of Forestry, the University of New Mexico and state agencies to support the watershed-level prioritization of land management actions based on fuel conditions, wildlife and aquatic habitat, and economic values and also to project climate change across all lands in Oregon, Washington, Arizona and New Mexico. PNW-LAMP was home to ten members of this project.