Find Your Shamrock Shake

St. Patrick’s Day marks the peak of a seasonal event celebrated with cult-like intensity by its followers: the appearance of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.


The Shamrock Shake is available in the US, Canada, and Ireland from February to mid or late March. It is up to the franchise owner if they want to offer the beverage. This turns the US (and parts of Canada, and Ireland) into a frosty green patchwork of have and have-nots. Continue reading

Local GIS Jobs This Week

Engineering Technician – City of Pasadena

Associate Engineer – City of Anaheim

Applications Developer – City of Pasadena

Laboratory/Field Intern – OC Vector Control District

GIS Technician – Rosemead area

Visualization Product Engineer – ESRI, Redlands

GIS Specialist – Newport Beach area

Senior GIS Programmer Analyst – City of Riverside

GIS Programmer Analyst – City of Riverside

GIS Analyst – Rancho Cucamonga area



GIS Specialist Position

There is an opening for a GIS Specialist at Santa Margarita Water District.

Under general supervision, the GIS Specialist inputs, updates, and maintains GIS databases and coverage, layers, and linkages to various databases; assists in training users; maintains system backups; performs a variety of routine to difficult GIS operations to support District systems, and provides other support as a technical specialist. Continue reading

ArcGIS Pro Licensing: Back to the Future

Remember Arc/Info and coverages?  Coverages were just features stored as files in a directory.  Then along came ArcView with data stored in shapefiles, which was different.  Then later ArcMap with the ability to store GIS data in Microsoft Access or an Enterprise Database like Oracle or SQL Server.  Then came the File based Geodatabase, which was … dejavu … features stored as files in a directory.

Remember ArcView 1, 2, and 3.x?  You saved your data view and multiple layouts to a project file (.APR file).  Then later with ArcMap you saved your data view and one layout to an .MXD file.  Then came ArcGIS Pro with … you guessed it … a .APRX project file to store all your work.

What’s next?  When ArcGIS Pro first was released, you had to have a named user account in ArcGIS Online tied to an ArcPro license to use it.  At version 1.2, ArcGIS Pro licensing now has more options.  ESRI added licenseing the “old way”, with concurrent use and single use licensing options.  For concurrent use licensing, you will need the 10.4 version of the License Manager running on a server like you do right now for your concurrent use ArcGIS Desktop licenses.

For more info on this, click here and a short video here.

Local GIS Jobs This Week

GIS Analyst – Rancho Cucamonga area

Data Analyst – Pasadena area

Senior Planner/Programs Specialist – Los Angeles area

Telecom GIS Specialist – Costa Mesa area

Utilities GIS Specialist – Costa Mesa area

Land Survey Technician – Fountain Valley area

Software Test Coordinator GIS – Los Angeles area

Application Developer I – Los Angeles County

Regional Planning Assistant II – Los Angeles County

Geospatial Engineer – Los Alamitos area

LANDFIRE Program Needs Your Data

Do you manage or coordinate vegetation or landscape data sets such as field plot/transect data or disturbance/treatment polygons? If so, the LANDFIRE Program needs your data. LANDFIRE is an interagency vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics mapping program, sponsored by the United States Departments of Agriculture, Forest Service and the Department of the Interior ( LANDFIRE data have served as an important data set for programmatic planning, analysis, and reporting for fire and natural resource management.


Is there anything new this year?
LANDFIRE had targeted January 2015 as the key start date for the upcoming remap effort but due to additional data advances with the USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection effort, LANDFIRE is adjusting the beginning of the remap and, as a result, extending the vegetation/fuel plot data call date to March 31, 2016. LANDFIRE is evaluating changing the annual data submission date from January to March for future data calls.

Why should we submit data for remap?
LANDFIRE will be remapping data products with new imagery and new vegetation/fuel plot data to reflect contemporary conditions. There is still time to get your plot data in LANDFIRE, so geospatial landscape data are as reflective of on the ground conditions as possible. Additional plot data have a great potential to improve the quality of the data products especially in areas where lower/limited plot data were available for LF National (circa 2001). For more information on areas that had lower/limited plot data visit: Locally provided data impact LANDFIRE products and evidence is available for review at

What types of data are needed?
Vegetation and Fuel Plot Data:
In preparation for the upcoming remap, LANDFIRE needs contributions of any geo-referenced point, transect, or polygon vegetation or fuel plot data along with any associated digital photos, project descriptions, or final reports. For more information on LANDFIRE’s plot data needs visit where examples of these data and relevant attributes can be found.

Polygon Disturbance and Treatment Activities from 2015/2016:
LANDFIRE uses recent disturbance and treatment data to update map layers in areas where vegetation and fuel have changed. At a minimum, the disturbance/treatment polygons must be attributed by disturbance/treatment (Event) type and year of occurrence. For more information, visit where examples of these data and relevant attributes can be found.

In addition, LANDFIRE also welcomes feedback on current data products, for more information visit .

Data Submissions, Contributions, and Thanks:
LANDFIRE collects and welcomes data submissions on an annual basis throughout the year. The data submission deadline has been changed to March 31, 2016 for this data call. Data submitted before March 31 are evaluated for inclusion in the appropriate update cycle, and submissions after March 31 are typically considered in subsequent updates. That said, due to production schedules and the amount of data that needs processing, opportunities to include data that may not have been submitted by the cut-off date often arise. Don’t hold back. Submit data any time.

For more information visit or contact Brenda Lundberg, LANDFIRE Reference Data Administrator,, (406) 329-3405.

LANDFIRE also acquires data from websites and agency data base systems. For a list of these sources see the “Website Agency DB” spreadsheet at For a list of past data contributions see the “Compiled Data” spreadsheet at

LANDFIRE thanks those who have contributed data in the past and is again asking for your help to enhance and improve LANDFIRE products through your data or information contributions.