Following is a list of freeware that provides information and tools to support responsible land use. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

BLM Land and Mineral Records LR2000
By US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Get a report on land and mineral records on US Federal land. Includes information on unpatented mining claims, cadastral survey data, and leases, permits, contracts, grants, agreements, mineral patents, etc., issued by the BLM.

Cleanups in My Community
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Use this tool to map and list areas where pollution is being or has been cleaned up throughout the United States.

By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. An advisory tool to help managers evaluate effects of forest conditions and existing or proposed management activities on organisms that use snags and down wood. DecAID also can help managers decide on snag and down wood sizes and levels needed to help meet wildlife management objectives of forests in Washington and Oregon.

By United Nations. EarthWatch is a broad UN initiative to coordinate, harmonize and catalyze environmental observation activities among all UN agencies for integrated assessment purposes. Through Earthwatch, UN agencies work together on global environmental issues, by exchanging and sharing environmental data and information.

Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS)
By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system is an application framework for knowledge-based decision support of ecological assessments at any geographic scale. The system integrates a geographic information system (GIS) that provides decision support for a substantial portion of the adaptive management process of ecosystem management.

By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. A rendering system for stand- and landscape-scale images. Basic components of an EnVision project include a digital terrain model to define the ground surface, color and texture maps to define ground surface characteristics, and groups of objects or "actors". Scene definitions include background imagery used to add clouds and distant landscape features, model components (e.g. terrain model(s) and polygon overlays), viewpoint and camera characteristics, and foreground imagery used to provide high detail in the image foreground.

Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC)
By FRCC Interagency Working Group. A tool for determining the degree of departure from reference condition vegetation, fuels and disturbance regimes. Assessing FRCC can help guide management objectives and set priorities for treatments.

Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. A family of forest growth simulation models.

Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)
By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Characterizes and classifies fuelbeds to capture the structural complexity and geographical diversity of fuel components across landscapes and provide the ability to assess elements of human (e.g. logging slash) and natural (e.g. insect and disease) change. Also available as PDF file.

Global Emission Model for Integrated Systems (GEMIS)
By Institute for Applied Ecology e.V.. A life-cycle analysis (LCA) model, LCA database, and cost-emission analysis system. GEMIS evaluates environmental impacts of energy, material and transport systems, i.e. air emissions, greenhouse gases, solid/liquid wastes, and land use. Also GEMIS can determine the economic costs of scenario options. Old version available.

By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. i-Tree provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools, which help determine the economic and ecological value of trees. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

Landscape Management System (LMS)
By University of Washington, Yale University, and USDA Forest Service. Assists in landscape level analysis and planning of forest ecosystems by automating the tasks of stand projection, graphical and tabular summarization, stand visualization, and landscape visualization. LMS is comprised of many separate programs that make projections, produce graphical or tabular displays, store inventory information, and connect these diverse programs into a cohesive system.

Long-Term Hydrologic Impact Assessment (L-THIA)
By Purdue Research Foundation. An analysis tool that provides estimates of changes in runoff, recharge and nonpoint source pollution resulting from past or proposed land use changes. It gives long-term average annual runoff for a land use configuration, based on actual long-term climate data for that area. By using many years of climate data in the analysis, L-THIA focuses on the average impact, rather than an extreme year or storm.

Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. A river basin scale model developed to quantify the impact of land management practices in large, complex watersheds

By ESSA Technologies. The Tool for Exploratory Landscape Scenario Analyses (TELSA) is a spatially explicit, GIS-based landscape-level model for simulating terrestrial ecosystem dynamics. It helps resource managers and planners assess the consequences of alternative management scenarios at the scale of landscape units. TELSA is freely available for research and educational purposes. Registration required.

The Green Gumshoe
By Environmental Crime Reporter App for iPhone. If you detect a potential evironmental violation in your community, you now have the ability to report it directly to your local government agency.

By ESSA Technologies. The Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT) provides a modeling framework for examining the role of various disturbance agents and management actions in vegetation change. It allows users to create and test descriptions of vegetation dynamics, simulating them at the landscape level. Registration required.

Vulnerable Zone Indicator System (VZIS)
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Use this site to access the Vulnerable Zone Indicator System (VZIS), and quickly find out if an address in your community could be affected by a chemical accident. Results will be emailed.

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