This free tool shows rangeland resources from America's Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean. Publicly available, it's built for landowners, managers, and conservationists.
See the types of plants covering U.S. rangelands at pasture, landscape, or regional scales and monitor changes over time. Designed to inform land management and conservation strategies.
The latest machine-learning technology combines thousands of ground-based measurements with decades of satellite imagery. Secure and fast cloud technology delivers data and maps straight to your computer.
The Rangeland Analysis Platform is an
innovative online mapping tool that can be used by anyone—no fees or
registration required! This free tool provides quick snapshots of
rangeland vegetation. It allows users to easily compare trends in
rangeland resources through time at a ranch, county, or watershed
This helps people plan conservation and management actions that improve grazing lands, bolster valuable water and soil resources, and prevent weeds and wildfire.
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP)
provides powerful perspective and context for rangeland monitoring.
It makes it easy to develop new strategies that improve range
productivity, and to evaluate current or past land management
For example, the RAP was used to evaluate the outcomes of a 2015 prescribed fire in Nebraska (graph above). The goal of the burn was to reduce encroaching conifers and improve range health by increasing the available perennial grasses and shrubs—the plants that feed wildlife and livestock. The RAP shows the average percent cover of trees and perennials within the prescribed fire boundary from 1984 to 2017, indicating a decade-long increase in conifer cover followed by a successful decrease post-burn.
This innovative platform marries Landsat
satellite imagery with thousands of on-the-ground vegetation
measurements. The rise of cloud computing and machine-learning
technology allows the Rangeland Analysis Platform to instantaneously
map the percent cover of plant functional groups, such as annuals,
perennials, trees, or bare ground.
The process is dependent on over 30,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service National Resource Inventory (NRI) and Bureau of Land Management Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) field plots across the western half of the U.S. Long-term, continuous, on-the-ground measures of vegetation cover are fundamental for informing management and conservation strategies on America’s valuable rangelands. The Rangeland Analysis Platform will continue to add future plot data as it becomes available to increase sample size, and to improve the online platform’s overall accuracy.