Monitoring Information Management Plan
Data and Information Resources
The Interagency Regional Monitoring Program relies on data and information from a variety of internal and external sources (Figure 1). Internal data is collected directly by the Regional Monitoring Team or by cooperators funded through the monitoring program to collect data essential to regional monitoring. External data includes information and data that are collected by programs outside the Regional Monitoring Program, such as the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, or FIA. External data are as critical to the monitoring program as are internal data.
Interagency coordination is essential to meeting the information needs of the regional monitoring program. The information management staff of the monitoring program coordinates closely with the Interagency Resource Information Coordinating Committee (IRICC). Coordinating with partner agencies through IRICC helps the regional monitoring program gain access to the best available information and avoids duplicating existing data. Coordinating also increases the value of new data gathering efforts to interagency business needs, and ensures adherence to interagency standards for metadata, data quality and data maintenance.
Through the process of addressing the status and trends of monitored resources, and evaluating the effectiveness of the Northwest Forest Plan, the monitoring program and cooperators generate a wide range of information products including reports, maps, spatial and non-spatial digital data, and analysis tools. The Interagency Regional Monitoring Program is committed to: 1) providing a sustainable information management environment that ensures that the information and decision support needs for regional-scale monitoring are met efficiently with scientifically defensible data, and 2) providing data and other information products that meet the expectations of our cooperators and clients. Quality assurance is integral to our commitment to providing defensible monitoring data. The monitoring program has a quality assurance plan that has been designed around monitoring protocols for the collection and acquisition of internal and external data.
From the data and information resources web page, users can download reports and publications, maps and other graphics, digital data, and analysis tools, either directly from our web site, or through a link to one of our cooperators who are responsible for managing the information. Examples of information products available over the next 18 months include vegetation data from the Interagency Vegetation Mapping Program (IVMP), road and hydrography layers for monitored watersheds, and old-growth forest layers for the area of the Northwest Forest Plan. Analysis tools will include applications to summarize the amount of old-growth forest from FIA data, and decision support models such as the ecosystem management decision support tool, EMDS.