About this Site

Public lands are facing increasingly complex and widespread environmental challenges that transcend traditional management boundaries. These challenges include managing wildfire, controlling weeds and insect outbreaks, providing for energy development and urban growth, and addressing pervasive impacts from the effects of climate change.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Geological Survey (USGS) partnered to develop landscape-scale management approaches to better understand these challenges and support balanced stewardship of the diverse natural resources of the public lands. This site provides a gateway to some of these BLM/USGS partner efforts.

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Announcements and Updates

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Surface Disturbance Analysis and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT)

Due to the focused importance on species and their habitats, the BLM has partnered with the USGS in an effort to create a tool which monitors 19 disturbance threats nationally. The goal is to monitor disturbance and reclamation efforts on BLM land to ensure that native species habitat is minimally affected. SDARTT is that tool.

Currently there are four field offices have disturbance and reclamation applications; Jonah Incline, Pinedale Anticline, Green River and White River. With SDARTT there is now a national disturbance and reclamation monitoring tool that brings together, in one application, the data from these four separate applications. One application that can be used not only to store data from any location but can also be used to analyze the data and generate reports critical to this ongoing monitoring effort.

SDARTT has two overarching goals to accomplish the vision put forth by the BLM and USGS:

  1. Build a dynamic inventory of existing validated surface disturbances pertaining to the 19 disturbance threats
  2. Provide a workflow to approve or deny new proposed project disturbances occurring near priority habitat management areas (PHMAs)
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This chart displays the current and historical number of features (energy-related disturbances, roads, pipelines) tracked by SDARTT. A nationwide effort is in place to continue to upload existing and new surface disturbances into the SDARTT portal. This chart is interactive (click on an area graph to display respective disturbance and reclamation acreage) and updates in real-time as new features are added to the tool.

BLM Tools

Office–Specific Disturbance and Reclamation Applications

Data from four existing disturbance and reclamation monitoring applications are ingested into SDARTT nightly to aid in building the dynamic inventory. Presently, these applications are focused on oil and gas energy disturbances.

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Jonah Incline

Field Office

Pinedale Anticline

Field Office

Green River

Field Office

White River

Field Office

Wild Horses Model Input Distribution Portal

The Wild Horse Population Model Portal allows BLM WinEquus II users to download area-specific data to keep their model versions up to date, upload their model run results, ​compare various management actions/scenarios, evaluate simulated outcomes, and compare costs of management treatment scenarios. This portal is scheduled for release in early FY17.

BLM Resources

These tools are part of a larger collaborative effort, one that is focused on helping resource managers with long-term planning. Other resources that help the complete project lifecycle are listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the purpose of this site?

    The BLM and USGS have partnered to create several different land assessment and data model tools. This site provides information on each tool that has been created and where the tool can be located.

  • Who is the targeted audience for this site and the tools?

    This site is publicly accessible and is intended to provide high level information on the collaboration between BLM and USGS. The public, managers, and users of these tools will find information on this site helpful.

    Most tools displayed are publicly accessible to allow for transparency. In order to upload data into each tool, an account must be requested and approved.

  • Where can I find the tools displayed on this site?

    A link to a specific tool can be found within the section of the site that describes the tool.

  • How can I contact someone to discuss the information on this site?

    There is a blue feedback icon found in the top menu (right side) of the page which, when clicked, will display will display contact information as well as a form to submit questions or feedback.

    Contact Information
    Email: sdartt@usgs.gov
    Phone: 970-226-9116

  • Why does the content change on this website?

    As new technologies and tools are built, this site will reflect those changes.