LandCAN Toolbox

New Farmers Website

An online resource provides centralized, one-stop shopping for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

USDA’s new farmers site has in-depth information, including:

  • how to increase access to land and capital;
  • build new markets;
  • participate in conservation opportunities;
  • select and use the right risk management tools; and
  • access USDA education and technical support programs.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Information Resource for the United States Geological Survey

The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) information resource for the United States Geological Survey located at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. This site has been established as a central repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of nonindigenous aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data is made available for use by biologists, interagency groups, and the general public. The geographical coverage is the United States.

For more information on the NAS program see the NAS Flyer.


Nontimber Forest Product Resources for Small Forestland Owners and Businesses

The purpose of this website is to provide information and tools to help advance commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) on small forestlands in the United States. For the purposes of this website, NTFPs are defined as all wild, wild-simulated, and cultivated native forest vegetation other than lumber and lumber industry by-products (e.g., industrial turpentine, plywood, sawdust, strand board).


Noxious Weed Management and Control Program

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) coordinates a statewide noxious weed management and control program, acting to protect the integrity of the state’s natural resources from the biological degradation caused by invasive terrestrial plants.

By achieving this goal, the economic, recreational and aesthetic uses of water bodies are protected, water quality is maintained, and natural aquatic systems are not impaired


NRCS Energy Estimator Tools

Farmers and ranchers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and save money by using conservation practices in their agricultural operations. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed four energy tools designed to increase energy awareness in agriculture and to help farmers and ranchers identify where they can reduce their energy costs. The results generated by these tools are estimates based on NRCS models and are illustrative of the magnitude of savings. Learn More »


NRCS' Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

See how ranchers have worked with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to bring back the Lesser Prairie Chicken while improving their land for livestock.

Here is the latest update from NRCS on the LPCI


NREL - Dynamic Maps, GIS Data and Analysis Tools - Visualization & Geospatial Tools

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Geospatial Data Science Team have developed tools that allow users to determine things such as how much electricity can be produced from solar systems on a house or what renewable resources are available in a specific area. The most current list of available NREL's GIS tools for biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, transportation and hydrogen can be accessed here.


On Pasture

On PastureOn Pasture translates research and experience into grazing practices that you can implement yourself. Topics include grazing management, pasture health, livestock, money matters and consider this. As well as a calendar of grazing events! 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System (Compass)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System, or Compass, provides valuable information for making informed land use decisions related to Oregon’s fish and wildlife habitats, in particular when working with energy, transportation, conservation and other large-scale projects. This easy to use mapping tool will help conserve Oregon landscapes crucial to the health of fish and wildlife by providing easy access to spatial information on species, habitats and natural resources. The Compass Data and Resources webpages provide additional documentation and details on the ODFW crucial habitat layers, access to downloading ODFW datasets, and links to supplementary online resources, such as the Oregon Conservation Strategy.


Examples of data layers available through ODFW Compass include:

  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Species of Concern
  • Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
  • Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  • Freshwater Integrity
  • Landscape Connectivity and Large Natural Areas
  • ODFW datasets: Conservation Opportunity Areas, Sage-Grouse Core Areas, Fish Passage Barriers, and Big Game Winter Range
  • Access to data provided by partner agencies such as real-time fire information and transportation data

Data Availability

Oregon crucial habitat layers and other ODFW datasets are available for download through the Compass Data Page.


Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer

Tanker flies low over houses in La Pine, 2005 Park Fire.The Wildfire Risk Explorer digital library aims to make information about Oregon's wildfire risks available to users. The portal was developed in response to the statewide Communities-At-Risk (CAR) Assessment completed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2005 and a need to support Community Wildfire Protection Planning. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) are developed by communities in areas at risk from wildfire.
Featured Tools:

Specific goals of the Wildfire Risk Explorer are to:

  • Provide access to all the GIS data used to develop Oregon's 2005 Statewide Communities -At-Risk Assessment
  • Enable users to produce reports on known wildfire risk for specific areas of interest
  • Offer a place to organize, archive and access community wildfire protection plans in an existing digital repository (ScholarsArchive)\

The Wildfire Risk Explorer was developed for use by local citizens, community wildfire protection planners, community groups and wildfire agency staff to learn and make informed decisions about known wildfire risks in Oregon.


Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Decision Support Tool

HomeFarmers, ranchers, and their crop insurance agents evaluate insurance programs to select appropriate coverage for managing risks. This tool is targeted toward insurance providers so they may analyze a grower’s insurance options. The analyst may consider policy cost, potential indemnities, and subsidies available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for targeted two-month windows throughout the calendar year. 

The tool is intended to provide users with additional information of how the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance program correlates to production risk. For example, a user may know his or her production records for a given year. With the decision tool, they can select that year and study how the index would have responded.



Use PastureScout and be confident you have secured the right lease, with the right person, at the right price.

We are proud to introduce PastureScout, an online network where those who own and use our nation's pasture and forage resources can list, find, and secure leases. Right now you can list and search for pasture or forage (hey and silage), just by becoming a PastureScout member (and it's FREE!). In the coming month, we will also introduce technology that allows landowners to accept bids for their lease. Visit our site, look around, search through our listings or create your own. Be a part of this innovative network aimed at helping land and livestock stewards!

Learn more here.


Pest Notes Library - Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf

Pest Notes
are peer-reviewed scientific publications about specific pests or pest management topics, directed at California's home and landscape audiences.

Pioneer® Field360™

DuPont Pioneer is bringing the next generation of powerful Web-based field management tools to growers with the introduction of Pioneer® Field360™ Select software. This new subscription service combines field-by-field data with real-time agronomic and weather information to help growers make informed management decisions.  Check out Field360 Select.

"Pioneer®Field360 Select software guides growers to better use the field data they have collected, currently and in prior years, to increase farm productivity and profitability," says Justin Heath, DuPont Pioneer new services manager.


The Pioneer® Field360™ website is no longer available. EncircaSM Services is the current DuPont Pioneer program that combines the latest technology for weather, soils, agronomy and analytics to help agricultural producers maximize crop yields and reduce risk. Contact your DuPont Pioneer Sales Professional for more information.


Pipe Planner for Smarter Irrigation

Delta Plastics' Pipe Planner is a Web-based application designed to help you create the most efficient irrigation system for your row crops. Simply input easily obtained information about your field, well, and polytubing, and Pipe Planner will provide a design that maximizes your field's potential for achieving uniform water application.


Plant Image Gallery

The Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery is designed to assist botanists, ecologists, natural resource managers, educators and hobbyist with the identification of plants commonly found in the southern Great Plains. The Plant Image Gallery includes numerous images of each plant species for your ease in their identification.


Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

The Pollinator Conservation Resource Center, provides regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, information on what plants are best for pollinators by region, and a directory of native plant nurseries and seed dealers.

This resource center is a collaboration of the Xerces Society and Neal Williams at the University of California, Davis. Significant funding was provided by a grant from NESARE. Additional funding was provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Columbia Foundation, Turner Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, CS Fund, Wildwood Foundation, CERES/Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Organic Valley, Organic Farming Research Foundation, The White Pine Fund/The Hawksglen Foundation, and Xerces Society members.


Pollinator Resources

Did you know that about every 3 bites of food depends on Pollinators? Pollinators are an important part of our communities and their protection is an important part of conservation! Below are several resources to learn more about pollinators and how to get involved in their conservation in your community. Click here to access Illinois DNR resources


Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

This is the first comprehensive book to illustrate the specific relationships between native pollinators and native plants. Organized by plant communities, the book profiles over 65 perennial native plants of the Midwest, Great Lakes region, Northeast and southern Canada and the pollinators, beneficial insects and flower visitors the plants attract.

With its easy-to-use format, the book provides the reader with information on how to attract, plant for and identify pollinators with native plants. Beautifully designed and illustrated with over 1600 photos of plants and insects, the book includes information on pollination, types of pollinators and beneficial insects, pollinator habitat and conservation as well as pollinator landscape plans.

This is an important book for gardeners, students, native plant enthusiasts, landscape restoration professionals, small fruit and vegetable growers and farmers who are interested in attracting, identifying, supporting or planting for pollinators.

Get it on Amazon »


Portland State University - Catalog of Aquatic Invasive Species Education/Outreach Materials

Education on invasive species identification, impacts and management is critical to effective prevention efforts. While outreach materials come in many forms, the most common products are brochures, signs, handouts and other graphics aimed at specific audiences or advancing specific messages. An inventory such as this is necessary to avoid duplication of effort, to enhance exchange of readily available information, and to help educators, managers and outreach personnel evaluate gaps in existing outreach efforts.
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This searchable inventory of AIS outreach materials is available to all users and has a dynamic web interface that allows registered users to input their own education and outreach materials as well as having a peer review and ratings system for material evaluation to help maintain a high standard for submissions. New users may wish to browse through the system before using the search features to get a better idea of the types of materials available. Organizations that have developed outreach tools that are available for distribution are encouraged to register and use the dynamic interface to upload a record of their own materials. Please see our FAQ section for more information on who should upload records and what information we need to validate your material(s).
In addition to the inventory of materials we are in the process of developing an image gallery where AIS images available for non-commercial use can be downloaded for use in the development of new materials (this will reduce image fatigue - i.e. seeing the same photo over and over again in every brochure). If you have images that you would like to share for non-commercial use in education and outreach materials you are encouraged to upload these to the catalog as well. We are still in the process of developing a non-commerical usage waiver so downloading posted images is not currently an option but you may contact the person who uploaded the image directly to work out a fair usage agreement.
This catalog has been made possible with funding from the Western Regional Panel and Portland State University. The inventory is managed by the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State. Please send any questions or comments to