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Long, Donald

Position: 
Fire Ecologist
Employee Role: 
Support Scientist, FMI (Fire Modeling Institute)
Phone Number: 
(406) 329-4706
Address: 

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Photo: Don Long
Education: 
  • M.S., Forest Resources, University of Idaho
  • B.S., Forest Management, University of Montana
Personal Summary: 

Don began his work at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in 1994 and worked on a number of vegetation and fuels mapping and succession modeling projects, including the Columbia River Basin Ecosystem Assessment Project, as well as a variety of landscape-level projects in Idaho, Montana, and the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

In the late 1990’s, Don coordinated geospatial assessments of vegetation and fuels for landscapes in Montana and Colorado as well as a coarse-scale assessment for the entire continental United States. In the early 2000’s, he focused his efforts in the Southern Utah area, where he coordinated a fifteen-million acre vegetation and fuels mapping and modeling effort called the Southern Utah Fuels Demonstration Project.

In 2003, Don began working with the LANDFIRE Project, coordinating succession model development and application for the LANDFIRE Prototype project. After this phase of LANDFIRE, he coordinated vegetation map unit development, vegetation mapping analysis, and other facets of the LANDFIRE National project. Currently, he is the science lead for the LANDFIRE project, and is focused on continually updating and maintaining LANDFIRE data.

Affiliation: 
RMRS-FFS
Modified: Dec 15, 2016

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Hann, Wendel J.; Jeffrey L. Jones, ; Michael G. "Sherm" Karl, Paul F. Hessburg, Robert E. Keane, Donald G. Long, James P. Menakis, Cecilia H. McNicoll, Stephen G. Leonard, Rebecca A. Gravenmier, and Bradley G. Smith. 1997. Landscape dynamics of the basin. Chapter 3, Volume II. In: Quigley, Thomas M.; Arbelbide, Sylvia J., tech. eds. 1997. An assessment of ecosystem components in the interior Columbia basin and portions of the Klamath and Great Basins. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-405. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 4 vol. (Quigley, Thomas M., tech. ed.; The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project: Scientific Assessment).

Hann, Wendel J., Michael G. "Sherm" Karl, Jeffrey L. Jones, Rebecca A. Gravenmier, Donald G. Long, James P. Menakis, and Robert E. Keane. 1997. Landscape ecology evaluation of the preliminary draft EIS alternatives. Chapter 2, Volume I. In: Quigley, Thomas M.; Arbelbide, Sylvia J., tech. eds. 1997. Evaluation of EIS alternatives by the Science Integration Team. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-406. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 2 vol. (Quigley, Thomas M., tech. ed.; The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project: Scientific Assessment).

Hardy, C. C, J. P. Menakis, D. G. Long, J. K. Brown, and D. L. Bunnell. 1998. Mapping historic fire regimes for the western United States: integrating remote sensing and biophysical data. In: J. D. Greer, editor. Proceedings of the Seventh Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference. Nassau Bay, TX. 1998 April 6-10. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. p. 288-300.

Keane, Robert E., Scott A. Mincemoyer, Kirsten M. Schmidt, Donald G. Long, and Janice L. Garner. 2000. Mapping vegetation and fuels for fire management on the Gila National Forest Complex, New Mexico, [CD-ROM]. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-46-CD. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 126 p.

Hood, Sharon M., Donald Long, Melanie Miller, and Kevin C. Ryan. 2007. Introduction. Chapter 1. In: Hood, Sharon M. ; Miller, Melanie, editors. Fire ecology and management of the major ecosystems of southern Utah. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-202. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 110 p.

Keane, R. E., Donald G. Long, Kirsten M. Schmidt, Scott Mincemoyer, and Janice L. Garner. 1998. Mapping fuels for spatial fire simulations using remote sensing and biophysical modeling. In: J. D.Greer, editor, Proceedings of the Seventh Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference. Nassau Bay, TX.1998 April 6-10. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. p 301-316.

Keane, R. E. and D. G. Long. 1998. A comparison of coarse scale fire simulation strategies. Northwest Science 72(2):76-90.

Keane, Robert E.; Janice L. Garner, Kirsten M. Schmidt, Donald G. Long; James P. Menakis, and Mark A. Finney. 1998. Development of spatial data input layers for the FARSITE fire growth model for the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness Complex, USA. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-003. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 66 p.

Keane, R. E., D. G. Long, D. Basford, and B. A. Levesque. 1997. Simulating vegetation dynamics across multiple scales to assess alternative management strategies. In: Conference Proceedings - GIS 97, 11th Annual symposium on Geographic Information Systems -- Integrating spatial information technologies for tomorrow. February 17-20, 1997, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. GIS World, INC. p. 310-315.

Keane, R. E.; Donald G. Long, James P. Menakis, Wendel J. Hann; and Collin D. Bevins. 1996. Simulating Coarse-Scale Vegetation Dynamics Using the Columbia River Basin Succession Model -- CRBSUM. General Technical Report INT-GTR-340. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 64 p.

Long, Donald, Kevin Ryan, Rick Stratton, Ed Mathews, Joe Scott, Maureen Mislivets, Melanie Miller, and Sharon Hood. 2003. Modeling the effects of fuel treatments for the Southern Utah Fuel Management Demonstration Project. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A., technical editors. Fire, fuel treatments, and ecological restoration: Conference proceedings; 2002 16-18 April; Fort Collins, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 475 p.

Long, Donald, John B. Lozensky, and Bedunah, Donald. 2006. Chapter 9: Vegetation succession modeling for the LANDIFRE Prototype. In: The LANDFIRE Prototype Project: nationally consistent and locally relevant geospatial data for wildland fire management. Matthew G. Rollins and Christine K. Frame, tech eds. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-175. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 416 p.

Menakis, James P., Robert E. Keane, and Donald G. Long. 1999. Chapter 10. Mapping ecological attributes using an integrated vegetation classification system approach. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 11(1-2, 2000):248-263.

McConnell, Steve, Penelope Morgan, Russ Grahm, Karl Stoszek, Arthur Zack, Donald Long, Toru Ottawa, and Ruth Carapella. 1993. Landscape planning for ecosystem sustainability. In: Baumgartner, D., Lotan, James, and Tonn, Jonalea comps./eds. Proceedings: Interior Cedar-Hemlock-White Pine Forests: Ecology and Management. 1993 March 2-4; Spokane, WA. Washington State University, University of Idaho, U.S. Forest Service, and Society of American Foresters.

Morgan, P., Hardy C. C., Swetnam T. W., Rollins, M. G., Long D. G. 2001. Mapping fire regimes across time and space: Understanding coarse and fine scale patterns. International Journal of Wildland Fire 10:329-342.