ISU gets NASA grant for wildfire rehabilitation

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

IDAHO FALLS -- Idaho State University's Geographic Information System Training and Research Center has received an $180,000 grant from NASA to develop a software mapping system to help the Bureau of Land Management rehabilitate areas burned by wildfires.

Center Director Keith Weber tells the Post Register in a story published Wednesday that the maps will give fire managers all the geospatial data right at their fingertips.

He says the system will compile 25 datasets that look at slope, soil information and fire severity and intensity.

The BLM will use that information to develop its Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan.

The plan must take into account elevation, slope and whether an area is a wetland or used for grazing.

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