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Productivity of U.S. Rangelands, Annual Data lbs/acre (Image Service)

posted on 2024-06-05, 12:40 authored by U.S. Forest Service
Note: To download this raster dataset, go to ArcGIS Open Data Set and click the download button, and under additional resources select any of the download options. Data can also be downloaded from the FSGeodata Clearinghouse.

More information about rangeland productivity and the effects of drought are available in this StoryMap; additional drought and rangeland products from the Office of Sustainability and Climate are available in our Climate Gallery.

Time enabled image service showing estimates of annual production of rangeland vegetation.

Production data were generated using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) from the Thematic Mapper Suite from 1984 to 2021 at 250 m resolution. The NDVI is converted to production estimates using two regression formulas depending on the level of the NDVI; there is one equation for lower values (and thus lower production values) and one for higher values. This raster dataset yields estimates of annual production of rangeland vegetation and should be useful for understanding trends and variability in forage resources. This raw lbs/acre data that the Z-scores were derived from as well as the Z-scores dataset can be downloaded from:

More information about rangeland productivity and the effects of drought are available in this story map.

This record was taken from the USDA Enterprise Data Inventory that feeds into the catalog. Data for this record includes the following resources:
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U.S. Forest Service


  • Geospatial

Geographic Coverage


ISO Topic Category

  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

Forestry, Wildland Management

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:96 - Forest Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:059 - Management Activities

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  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public