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Headwaters Province - Idaho and Montana: Earth Science Studies in Support of Public Policy Development and Land Stewardship

The Headwaters Province project provided geoscience data and interpretations to the Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) that were basic to sound policy and land-stewardship practices. U.S. Forest Service (USFS) National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Area Management Plans for the Headwaters Province were in revision, with completion dates from 1999-2003. USFS Regions 1 and 4 made National Priority Requests for the Mineral Resources Program (MRP) to provide interim products that help them meet their planning cycles. MRP provided geologic maps and topical studies to meet longer range goals of integrating geoscience into decision making. This project emphasized development of digital geoscience data, GIS analyses, and interpretations to ensure that geoscience data were available for GIS-based science integration and planning.

The interrelated goals of the project were designed at complimentary scales:

Project Chiefs:

Karen Lund
Phone: (303) 236-5600

Michael Zientek
Phone: (509) 368-3105


U.S. Geological Survey Headwaters Province Project Team (Karen Lund, scientific ed.), 2007, Earth science studies in support of public policy development and land stewardship—Headwaters province, Idaho and Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1305, 92 p.

Other products are listed according to task:

GIS-Based Digital Geoscience Database Development

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Geologic, Economic, and Environmental Context of Province's Mineral Deposits

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Geologic Framework for Ecosystem Structure and Function

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Digital Geologic Map Integration and Analysis.

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Assessment of Potential for Development

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Mineral Resources Program
Eastern Central GMEG Alaska Minerals Information Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Spatial Data

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