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Data collected and managed by Forest Service programs is available in a map service and two downloadable file formats – in a shape file and an ESRI file geodatabase. Metadata is available that describes the content, source, and currency of the data. You can filter the list by the topic categories in the menu at the left to help you find information you are interested in. You can view the feature classes in a single dataset by clicking on the name of the parent dataset at the bottom of the abstract.

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Feature Classes Abstract

Administrative Forest Boundaries

ESRI geodatabase  (15MB)
shape file  (38MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area encompassing all the National Forest System lands administered by an administrative unit. The area encompasses private lands, other governmental agency lands, and may contain National Forest System lands within the proclaimed boundaries of another administrative unit. All National Forest System lands fall within one
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parent dataset: Administration

Forest Service Regional Boundaries

ESRI geodatabase  (4MB)
shape file  (10MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area encompassing all the National Forest System lands administered by a Region. The area encompasses private lands, other governmental agency lands. All National Forest System lands fall within one and only one Administrative Region Area.
parent dataset: Administration

Ranger District Boundaries

ESRI geodatabase  (19MB)
shape file  (48MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A depiction of the boundary that encompasses a Ranger District.
parent dataset: Administration

Forest Service developed sites subject to regulation

ESRI geodatabase  (950KB)
shape file  (1MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area having regulations and/or restrictions related to existing buildings, structures, or resource activities such as a constructed fuel breaks.
parent dataset: Land

Geopolitical Units adjusted within Administrative Forest Boundaries

ESRI geodatabase  (60MB)
shape file  (155MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This dataset includes States, Counties or Boroughs, Congressional Districts, Alaska Recording Districts, County Subdivisions, and Places boundaries that are derived from the latest official Census Bureau and Alaska Department of Natural Resources datasets. Features within Forest Service Administrative Forest boundaries may
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parent dataset: Land

Hazardous sites

ESRI geodatabase  (50KB)
shape file  (2KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

Polygons representing Forest Service land areas with a regulated use specification authorized by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. These areas generally contain hazardous waste considerations.
parent dataset: Land

Land Management Planning Unit (LMPU)

ESRI geodatabase  (16MB)
shape file  (40MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

The Land Management Planning Unit (LMPU) feature class displays the plan revision status for FS land management planning units, their boundaries, FS Region, planning phase milestone and associated date, and link to a related planning website. A land management plan provides a framework for integrated resource management and
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parent dataset: Land

Land Utilization

ESRI geodatabase  (44KB)
shape file  (3KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A unit designated by the Secretary of Agriculture for conservation and utilization under Title III of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act.
parent dataset: Land

Mineral Rights

ESRI geodatabase  (10MB)
shape file  (19MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting ownership parcels of the subsurface estate, representing mineral rights; it is collected only if the subsurface estate is different than the overlying surface estate.
parent dataset: Land

National Forest Lands with Nationally Designated Management or Use Limitations

ESRI geodatabase  (6MB)
shape file  (17MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary within which National Forest System land parcels have managment or use limits placed on them by legal authority. Examples are: National Recreation Area, National Monument, and National Game Refuge.
parent dataset: Land

National Forest Lands with Nationally Designated Management or Use Limitations: Legal Status

ESRI geodatabase  (6MB)
shape file  (17MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary of an area designation within which National Forest System land parcels have management or use limits placed on them by legal authority above the Agency level (e.g. Congress and/or President). Areas that have been designated by Congress, Executive Order, Presidential Proclamation, or an Executive branch Department,
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parent dataset: Land

National Forest System Land Units

ESRI geodatabase  (15MB)
shape file  (38MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An NFS Land Unit is nationally significant classification of Federally owned forest, range, and related lands that are administered by the USDA Forest Service or designated for administration through the Forest Service. NFS Land Unit types include proclaimed national forest, purchase unit, national grassland, land utilization
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parent dataset: Land

National Grassland Units

ESRI geodatabase  (357KB)
shape file  (832KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A National Grassland unit designated by the Secretary of Agriculture and permanently held by the Department of Agriculture under Title III of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act.
parent dataset: Land

National Wild and Scenic River Lines

ESRI geodatabase  (3MB)
shape file  (9MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This polyline feature class depicts the river corridors of each Wild and Scenic River designated by Congress or the Secretary of the Interior for the United States and Puerto Rico. This GIS data layer was created from a multi-agency effort by the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the US
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parent dataset: Land

National Wild and Scenic River Segments

ESRI geodatabase  (3MB)
shape file  (9MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This polyline feature class depicts the classification of each wild and scenic river segment designated by Congress and the Secretary of the Interior for the United States and Puerto Rico. This layer was created by a multi-agency effort including the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the
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parent dataset: Land

National Wild and Scenic Rivers

ESRI geodatabase  (2MB)
shape file  (5MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary depicting an area that has been designated as a National Wild, Scenic or Recreational River in the National Wild and Scenic River System.
parent dataset: Land

National Wilderness Areas

ESRI geodatabase  (8MB)
shape file  (21MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary depicting an area that has been designated as a National Wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
parent dataset: Land

Original Proclaimed National Forests

ESRI geodatabase  (14MB)
shape file  (36MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

The FS National Forests Dataset (US Forest Service Proclaimed Forests) is a depiction of the boundaries encompassing the National Forest System (NFS) lands within the original proclaimed National Forests, along with subsequent Executive Orders, Proclamations, Public Laws, Public Land Orders, Secretary of Agriculture Orders,
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parent dataset: Land

Original Proclaimed National Forests and National Grasslands

ESRI geodatabase  (15MB)
shape file  (37MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This layer includes both Proclaimed Forest and National Grassland boundary areas. A Proclaimed Forest boundary is the boundary encompassing National Forest System land within a national forest that is set aside and reserved from the public domain by executive order or proclamation; congressional action is required to terminate
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parent dataset: Land

Other Sub Surface Right

ESRI geodatabase  (60KB)
shape file  (10KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting ownership parcels of the subsurface estate, excluding mineral rights; it is collected only if the subsurface estate is different than the overlying surface estate.
parent dataset: Land

Other Surface Right

ESRI geodatabase  (11MB)
shape file  (26MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting a right to a surface resource, excluding rights of way.
parent dataset: Land

Parcels withdrawn from settlement, sale, mineral location, and/or entry

ESRI geodatabase  (3MB)
shape file  (7MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

Federal land parcels that are withdrawn from settlement, sale, location, or entry under some or all of the general land and mineral laws in order to maintain other public values or purposes. A withdrawal area has one or more associated segregations. A segregation is a specific activity from which the area has been withdrawn
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parent dataset: Land

Public Land Survey Corner

ESRI geodatabase  (67MB)
shape file  (112MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A land survey point from a GCDB LX file, survey plat, or captured from a CFF land net coverage. Includes points generated by calculating an aliquot breakdown of a section.
parent dataset: Land

Public Land Survey Monument

ESRI geodatabase  (967KB)
shape file  (1MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A land survey point from a GCDB LX file, survey plat, or captured from a CFF land net coverage. Includes points generated by calculating an aliquot breakdown of a section.
parent dataset: Land

Public Land Survey System Quarter Section

ESRI geodatabase  (598KB)
shape file  (792KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This Quarter Section feature class depicts PLSS Second Divisions . PLSS townships are subdivided in a spatial hierarchy of first, second, and third division. These divisions are typically aliquot parts ranging in size from 640 acres to 160 to 40 acres, and subsequently all the way down to 2.5 acres. The data in this feature
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parent dataset: Land

Public Land Survey System Sections

ESRI geodatabase  (77MB)
shape file  (121MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area defined by the Public Lands Survey System Grid. Normally, 36 sections make up a township.
parent dataset: Land

Public Land Survey System Townships

ESRI geodatabase  (9MB)
shape file  (23MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area defined by the Public Lands Survey System grid that is referenced by its tier and range numbers, and is normally a rectangle approximately 6 miles on a side with boundaries conforming to meridians and parallels.
parent dataset: Land

Purchase Units under the Weeks Law

ESRI geodatabase  (233KB)
shape file  (483KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A unit designated by the Secretary of Agriculture or previously approved by the National Forest Reservation Commission for purposes of Weeks Law acquisition.
parent dataset: Land

Right of Way

ESRI geodatabase  (25MB)
shape file  (57MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting a privilege to pass over the land of another in some particular path; usually an easement over the land of another; a strip of land used in this way for railroad and highway purposes, for pipelines or pole lines and for private and public passage.
parent dataset: Land

Special Interest Management Areas

ESRI geodatabase  (2MB)
shape file  (4MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary within which National Forest System land parcels have management or use limits placed on them by the Forest Service. Examples include: Archaeological Area, Research Natural Area, and Scenic Area.
parent dataset: Land

Special Status Areas

ESRI geodatabase  (16MB)
shape file  (42MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A land area that has distinct management/use authorities or agreements for Forest Service action. Includes: Cost Share Agreement Areas, Exchange Authority Areas, Land Adjustment Plan Areas, Forest Reserves, and Secretary's Order Areas.
parent dataset: Land

Surface Ownership Parcels

ESRI geodatabase  (39MB)
shape file  (97MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicted as surface ownership parcels dissolved on the same ownership classification.
parent dataset: Land

Surface Ownership Parcels, detailed

ESRI geodatabase  (56MB)
shape file  (118MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting ownership parcels of the surface estate. Each surface ownership parcel is tied to a particular legal transaction. The same individual or organization may currently own many parcels that may or may not have been acquired through the same legal transaction. Therefore, they are captured as separate entities
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parent dataset: Land

Survey Boundaries maintained by the US Forest Service

ESRI geodatabase  (109MB)
shape file  (154MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

Surface Management Agency (SMA) lines represent the surveyed boundary lines for which the Forest Service is responsible for marking and posting. These include the boundaries between NFS lands and non-NFS lands and the boundaries of congressionally designated areas such as National Wilderness.
parent dataset: Land

Survey parcels described by metes and bounds

ESRI geodatabase  (30MB)
shape file  (57MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A depiction of a survey parcel described by a metes and bounds description. Examples include: land lots, housing subdivision lots, mineral surveys, and homestead entry surveys.
parent dataset: Land

Wild and Scenic Rivers: Legal Status

ESRI geodatabase  (2MB)
shape file  (5MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary of an area designation that comprises all or a portion of a National Wild, Scenic or Recreational River in the Wild and Scenic River System. Each area designation is characterized by a date, boundary status, and authority and may be just one of several designations that comprise a single National Wild and Scenic
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parent dataset: Land

Wilderness Areas: Legal Status

ESRI geodatabase  (9MB)
shape file  (24MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

A boundary of an area designation that comprises all or a portion of a National Wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Each area designation is characterized by a date, boundary status, and authority and may be just one of several designations that comprise a single National Wilderness.
parent dataset: Land

PADUS FS Managed Surface Ownership Parcels

ESRI geodatabase  (29MB)
shape file  (61MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting National Forest System (NFS) ownership parcels of the surface estate.
parent dataset: PAD_US

PADUS FS National Designated Areas

ESRI geodatabase  (43MB)
shape file  (93MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting designated National Forest System (NFS) land boundaries, excluding boundaries designated by proclamation.
parent dataset: PAD_US

PADUS FS Proclaimed NF and National Grassland Boundaries

ESRI geodatabase  (18MB)
shape file  (38MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting designated National Forest System (NFS) land boundaries which are designated by proclamation.
parent dataset: PAD_US

PADUS FS Scenic and Conservation Easement Areas

ESRI geodatabase  (296KB)
shape file  (385KB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

An area depicting a type of special use authorization (usually granted for linear rights-of-way) that is utilized in those situations where a conveyance of a limited and transferable interest in National Forest System (NFS) land is necessary or desirable to serve or facilitate authorized long-term uses, and that may be
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parent dataset: PAD_US

Experimental Forest and Range Areas

ESRI geodatabase  (628KB)
shape file  (1MB)

Date of last refresh: Jan 4, 2018

This polygon feature class contains the boundaries of 86 of 87 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds, including cooperating experimental areas.

Experimental Forest and Range Locations

ESRI geodatabase  (36KB)
shape file  (13KB)

Date of last refresh: Jan 4, 2018

This point feature class contains the locations of all 87 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds, including cooperating experimental areas.

FIA Landcover County Estimates 2015

ESRI geodatabase  (46MB)
shape file  (104MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This feature class represents forest area estimates (and percent sampling error) by county for the year 2015. The data was generated from the Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) using the EVALIDator web tool (http://apps.fs.fed.us/Evalidator/evalidator.jsp-
). The areas were calculated within county limits using the US Census
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FIA Landcover County Estimates 2016

ESRI geodatabase  (46MB)
shape file  (104MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This feature class represents forest area estimates (and percent sampling error) by county for the year 2016. The data was generated from the Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) using the EVALIDator web tool (http://apps.fs.fed.us/Evalidator/evalidator.jsp-
). The areas were calculated within county limits using the US Census
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FIA Landcover County Estimates 2017

ESRI geodatabase  (46MB)
shape file  (104MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

This feature class represents forest area estimates (and percent sampling error) by county for the year 2017. The data was generated from the Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) using the EVALIDator web tool (http://apps.fs.fed.us/Evalidator/evalidator.jsp-
). The areas were calculated within county limits using the US Census
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Forest Common Names

ESRI geodatabase  (18MB)
shape file  (38MB)

Date of last refresh: Sep 16, 2019

Basic Description: The FSCommonNames dataset contains the common names of the national forests and grasslands and their respective FS WWW URL information that is used for both display of the national forest and national grassland boundaries on any map product and for dynamic interactivity of the map. This published dataset
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Tribal Ceded Lands

ESRI geodatabase  (1MB)
shape file  (1MB)

Date of last refresh: May 29, 2018

Sixty-seven maps from "Indian Land Cessions in the United States," compiled by Charles C. Royce and published as the second part of the two-part Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1896-1897 have been scanned, georeferenced in JPEG2000 format, and
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Tribal Ceded Lands Table

ESRI geodatabase  (107KB)

Date of last refresh: May 29, 2018

This is a table used for joining additional attributes to the feature class called TribalCededLands, which is the result of scanning, georeferencing and digitizing sixty-seven maps from "Indian Land Cessions in the United States," compiled by Charles C. Royce and published as the second part of the two-part Eighteenth Annual
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