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Southwestern Region (Region 3) Geospatial Data

posted on 2024-02-13, 12:50 authored by USDA Forest Service

The Southwestern Region is 20.6 million acres. There are six national forests in Arizona, five national forests and a national grassland in New Mexico, and one national grassland each in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.The region ranges in elevation from 1,600 feet above sea level and an annual rain fall of 8 inches in Arizona's lower Sonoran Desert to 13,171-foot high Wheeler Peak and over 35 inches of precipitation a year in northern New Mexico.

Geographic Information Systems or GIS are computer systems, software and data used to analyze and display spatial or locational data about surface features. One of the strengths of GIS is the capability to overlay or compare multiple feature layers. A user can then analyze the relationship between the layers.

Data, reports and maps produced through GIS are used by managers and resource specialists to make decisions about land management activities on National Forests. The National Forests of the Southwestern Region maintain and utilize GIS data for various features on the ground. Some of these datasets are made available for download through this page.

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Data contact name

Joyner, Cal

Data contact email


USDA Forest Service


  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

Southwestern Region

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment
  • imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
  • location

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

national forests; Arizona; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas; rain; Sonoran Desert; geographic information systems; computers; computer software; managers; decision making; land management; data collection; forests; forest health; Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest; Carson National Forest; Cibola National Forest; Coconino National Forest; Coronado National Forest; Gila National Forest; Kaibab National Forest; Lincoln National Forest; Prescott National Forest; Santa Fe National Forest; Tonto National Forest

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:96 - Forest Service

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

USDA Forest Service (2018). Southwestern Region (Region 3) Geospatial Data. USDA Forest Service.

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