The aim of this page is to catalog and communicate the structure, source, and content of data shown in the Forest Health Tracker while key terminology is defined in the glossary. There is a lot of data from different land and resource management agencies and landowners coming together in Forest Health Tracker. Transparency and clarity on where and how the data is sourced, processed, cataloged, and displayed is important.
Willing land and resource managers submit data to this site about their planned and completed projects that have forest health and resilience as a primary objective. Information submitted includes spatial location, treatment type, project phase, and lead implementer and partner organizations. The data can be viewed on it's own, and within the context of other projects and DNR established priority landscapes. DNR is not the arbiter of whether a project submitted to this website is motivated by forest health, but instead it is the responsibility of each organization and individual that submits their projects to understand the state’s definition of forest health and screen their projects accordingly.
Forest health project data can be submitted in two ways:
(1) All Forest Health Tracker approved account users can add or update an individual forest health project though the site at any time. Website administrators review project submissions before public display
(2) Organizations can submit and update records in Forest Health Tracker for multiple forest health projects at one time through a bulk upload process of geodatabase and/or tabular data. To facilitate this upload, each organization must work with DNR to select their appropriate data sets and map their data management system to the Forest Health Tracker data fields. This exercise documents the alignment of each data sets data organization to a consistent suite of data fields in this system. Organizations can remove or edit project details for individual projects through the Forest Health Tracker website at anytime. The data mapping documentation for the organizations (including programs and data sets within organizations) that have established this process for bulk uploading is available to view, and they include:
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- USDA Forest Service – Region 6
- NEPA project boundaries (Currently a shapefile is emailed by Region 6 staff to DNR for manual bulk upload at regular intervals, while the NEPA Project ID links the NEPA project boundary to the completed treatments in the following USDA Forest Service data sets)
- Hazardous Fuels
- Timber projects
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service
- Washington Department of Natural Resources
- Washington Parks and Recreation Commission
Forest Health Tracker also supports the management and display of financial information that supports forest health projects. Currently the system includes forest health related federal grants managed by DNR, as well as agreements that document the dedication of state funds to forest health projects across all land ownerships. DNR staff manually enter and upload grant and agreements data into the system while an automated process updates Forest Health Tracker daily from DNR's financial data management system at regular intervals to update the federal grants managed and displayed in this platform with new data on the vendor, data fields linking information to specific grants and project codes, and expenditures. As other organizations and individuals add forest health projects to Forest Health Tracker, they have the option to also manually enter and upload financial data as well.
As this platform expands, so will the data sources and structure.