Restoration Data

In 2015, the Walton Family Foundation funded a multi-organizational spatial data project to develop a system whereby watershed groups could easily store vegetation and restoration data. The intent was to provide groups a standardized database utilizing the same nomenclature and terminology so that data could be analyzed across watersheds.
The DIGIT Lab at the University of Utah worked with several different watershed groups to “cross-walk” data into the same schema and assure that all data were collected using defined values for various fields (e.g. percent cover) and the exact names for certain attributes (e.g. vegetation treatment strategies).
The result is a geodatabase that is available to any watershed groups conducting invasive vegetation management. For participating watersheds, all data are stored in exactly the same way, allowing for observation and analyses of data across multiple landscapes and regions within the Colorado River Basin.
We currently have six watersheds involved in the shared geodatabase and are always looking for more groups with whom we can partner and provide this GIS-based schema. You can access the publicly-available data by following the links below.
If you are involved in a watershed that is currently conducting vegetation management and would be interested in utilizing the developed geodatabase schema, please contact Shannon Wadas at

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