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Reforestation decision support tools

The number of existing and emerging decision-support tools for natural resource management in California can be overwhelming. To help users efficiently find, review, and select the most appropriate restoration tools we have amassed the following list of known decision-support tools intended to inform and guide reforestation efforts, along with basic information about and links to each tool. If you have designed or know of other additional resources we should include here please let us know. 


Climate-wise Reforestation Toolkit

  • Purpose: identify reforestation locations, explore conditions after the 2012 – 2016 drought from plot data, and provide guidance on BMPs
  • Format: select scenario parameters; output is an interactive map reflecting prioritization calculations
  • Area: SNV National Forests
  • Intended users: forest managers

Forest regeneration after disturbance (POSCRPT Tool)

  • Purpose: Predict post-fire conifer regeneration potential to help managers prioritize locations for restoration.
  • Format: input fire perimeter files and RnDBR (relative differenced normalized burn ratio). Outputs are taxon-specific map and histograms of predicted regeneration probability within fire perimeter under 2 scenarios (low seed and precip, high seed and precip, mean).
  • Area: primarily Sierra Nevada and NE California 
  • Intended users: resource managers

Post-fire Restoration Framework

  • Purpose: guide postfire management efforts on California’s national forests, using ecological restoration principles and current agency policy direction as the basis for landscape-scale analysis, evaluation, and project planning.
  • Format: written report
  • Area: CA
  • Intended users: USFS staff 

Post-fire Restoration Prioritization Tool (PReP Tool)

  • Purpose: guide and prioritize post-fire restoration efforts in shrublands
  • Format: input requires spatial data clipped to the targeted fire. Output includes a map with scores of regeneration capacity based on fire history, drought, and nonnative grasses
  • Area: chaparral shrublands in southern CA
  • Intended users: USFS resource managers

PReSET Reforestation Tool

  • Purpose: identify where within a fire footprint tree planting may be the most (and least) effective at increasing tree seedling density, independent of post-fire weather and assuming a uniform management approach.
  • Format: user inputs fire severity raster, fire/focal area perimeter
  • Area covered: Yellow pine mixed conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada
  • Intended users: forest managers

Reforestation Hub

  • Purpose: provide county-level estimates of the potential area of new forests (acres) and how much carbon those acres could store.
  • Format: interactive map that provides data
  • Area covered: nationwide
  • Intended users: all landowners

Seedlot Selection Tool

  • Purpose: match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information and under different future climatic scenarios
  • Format: input location, region and climate scenarios. Output is a layer indicate the degree of match between the past climate the seedlot is adapted to and the climate of the time period in which the trees are expected to be best adapted to the planting site.
  • Area covered: North America
  • Intended users: natural resource managers

Climate-adapted Seed Tool

  • Purpose: identify seed sources (from seed bank inventory data) that are pre-adapted to local climate conditions at a planting site.
  • Format: Input planting site seed zone and elevation range. Output is seed zone sources and the associated %DP from each zone (strength of the match between planting site and zone source). %DP is the percent decline in tree volume or biomass expected from planting a seed source that is not well adapted to the climate it will grow in.
  • Area covered: CA
  • Intended users: ecosystem managers

    TRM Seed Zone map

      • Purpose: interactive map of seed zone data
      • Format: selection of geographical area of interest reveals data on seed zone and climate data
      • Area covered: nationwide  
      • Intended users:  resource managers