A single point of access for data collected and managed by the Agency. You can use the Geospatial Data Discovery Tool to access data about individual forests or grasslands or about an area of interest that you specify on the national map. You can find and download datasets by topic area or theme or find and use map services published by the Agency.
Also, be sure to check out the latest Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Factsheet which addresses such questions as: How is the EDW used? How do I get the data? How does the EDW operate? What are its priorities?
The EDW Metadata User Manual is another resource that may be of interest to the reader. This manual covers several methodologies for finding EDW metadata, provides a general introduction to what metadata are, describes and links to further resources for the metadata formats used in the EDW, and instructs on how to find frequently sought-after information in the most commonly used metadata formats in the EDW. Lastly, this manual holds an appendix which is a metadata template that can be used as a starting point for creating a new metadata record for an EDW dataset.
Some data is published on a forest by forest basis.
The instructions in this PDF document will tell you how to determine whether certain data layers are available for a specific forest.
Other sources of FS data
You can find official Forest Service datasets and related datasets from partner agencies and organizations in these data catalogs:
Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. https://www.data.gov/
The Geospatial Platform is a managed portfolio of common geospatial data, services, and applications contributed and administered by authoritative sources and hosted on a shared infrastructure, for use by government agencies and partners to meet their mission needs and the broader needs of the Nation. https://www.geoplatform.gov/
The USDA Forest Service makes no warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness or utility of these geospatial data, or for the improper or incorrect use of these geospatial data. These geospatial data and related maps or graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The data and maps may not be used to determine title, ownership, legal descriptions or boundaries, legal jurisdiction, or restrictions that may be in place on either public or private land. Natural hazards may or may not be depicted on the data and maps, and land users should exercise due caution. The data are dynamic and may change over time. The user is responsible to verify the limitations of the geospatial data and to use the data accordingly.