DecAID Version 3.0

What’s New and DecAID Version History

What’s New, 2018

Upgraded web site design to better use new web-based technologies
Updated and re-analyzed the vegetation inventory data
Redefined Structural Conditions Class to Successional/Structural Class (S-Class) with definitions and queries that better reflected wildlife use of habitats
Addition of information from recent literature and data, through December 2016


Post-fire information, such as wildlife data or current conditions in the analysis area, can only be compared to inventory data if the appropriate scale is used for analysis. The analysis area should have the same proportion of the high snag density classes as the percent of area (y-axis) in the DecAID inventory histograms. Large fires can hugely skew the current conditions, even in a 10-digit HUC, to the point that the analysis area is no longer representative of habitat conditions from which the inventory data were collected. See the Considerations of scale: landscape and stand levels section of the Summary Narratives. Current information within the “Guide to the Use and Interpretation of DecAID” speaks further to the importance of scale of the analysis area when addressing post-fire conditions (including updating current vegetation data for fires) in the section “Use of Appropriate Scale” and “Applying DecAID to Projects.

Users should note that as of Jan. 1, 2018, vegetation data for the DecAID website have been updated while the base vegetation data for Regional Distribution Analysis have not changed (i.e., version 2.2, based on the GNN release of 2014, is still current). Users may encounter some discrepancies between absolute values of reference conditions between the website and reference conditions in Regional Distribution Analysis. Comparisons within either the website or Regional Distribution Analysis will not be affected by this situation. We expect the next release of GNN to be issued in the second half of calendar year 2018. We will notify users when a new version of the data for Regional Distribution Analysis is ready.

DecAID Version History

This section contains a running summary of DecAID Advisor updates

Version 3.0.5 - July 2018

References to (Regional) Distribution Analysis always point to the zip file

Add and removed members to the table in Guide to the use and interpretation of DecAID

Version 3.0.4 - April 2018

Updated DecAID Guide with correct links based on Barbara Webb's comments

Forms in T:\FS\Reference\GeoTool\r06\Toolbox\DecAID\Ver_3.0_Documentation_Info now available in a zip file

Fixed bug in table .sp-15 where Annotated bibliography failed to populate due to missing RecordID in request

Version 3.0.3 - December 2017

Updated DecAID Guide to reflect change for version 3

Wording changes based on comments from DecAID Science team

Removed references to Rose et al. 2001

Scroll bar in web maps

Version 3.0.2 - November 2017

Fixed behavior where if users click on sidebar links before narratives finish loading, they stop loading altogether

Filled in missing narrative sections

Added "No Data Available" message when charts are empty

Revised photo credits page to be a table instead of a list

Implemented links to allow navigation between DecAID v3 and v2 in VDC

Removed invalid links; fixed missing zip file in legacy DecAID guide

View Maps now open new browser window instead of modal popup

Fixed histograms not showing for legacy DecAID - EMC_ECB Small/Medium

Updated summary narratives, glossary, and caveats & cautions according to comments from Karen Waddell and Janet Ohmann

Misspelling, duplicate block of team members

Removed DecAID Flowchart

Update Field Guide to the Common Diseases and Insect Pests of Oregon and Washington Conifers in each of the insect and pathogens so the link goes to actual PDF documents.

Fix link for Stem decay, How to prune trees

Wallowa-Whitman, Rogue-Siskyou, and Umatilla forests were missing large parcels due to those polygons cross state lines

Web map intro text now refer to the unharvested sites with correct color (blue instead of white)

Additional information->Ecosystem processes now links to PDF instead of web page

How to Cite DecAID and FAQ links are opening new pages

Metric Conversion page no longer uses widget for dynamic conversion. Revert to static page

Wildlife habitat code in narrative link to new page; Wildlife habitat type descriptions and structural condition class descriptions are also standalone pages instead of shown in modal windows

Version 3.0.1 - October 2017

Resolved issues where Down Wood Percent Cover and Ancilliary Data does not load if they are the first sections users click on

Fixed dead links for Insect and Pathogen list where the Dwarf Mistletoe links were broke as well as some additional dead links in the insect/pathogens pages

Reduced sizes of some photos to facilitate loading

Version 3.0 - September 2017

Initial release to production

Version 2.20 – updated January 2012

Addition of information from recent literature and data, through December 2011

Version 2.10 - updated January 2009

  • Moved web site from FS Domino Server to WWW
  • Addition of information from recent literature and data, through October 2008

Version 2.0 - updated January 2006

  • Addition of Lodgpole Pine Forest and Woodlands Wildlife Habitat Type
  • Addition of Post-fire Structural Condition Class - separated out from Open Canopy Structural Condition Class
  • Addition of information from recent literature and data, through December 2005
  • Clarification of scale issue in "Considerations of scale: landscape and stand levels" section of Summary Narratives
  • Cautions and Caveats revised to discuss implications to users
  • Update to the Ecosystem Processes paper
  • Addition of a flowchart of the different levels of data in DecAID
  • Addition of a Frequently Asked Questions page

Version 1.10 - First general release version following peer review. Moved to USDA Forest Service server, April 2003

  • Incorporation of peer review comments
  • Reorganization of the summary narratives.
  • Addition of Stand Visualization Diagrams to assist in determination of appropriate Structural Condition Class.
  • Document on use of Percent Cover as a down wood metric with conversions of trees to percent cover.
  • User friendly explaination of tolerance levels.

Version 1.00beta – Full beta-test version available for peer review only, not for public use, developed August 2002.

Version 0.30alpha - Revisions to prototype developed 13 April 2000.

Version 0.20alpha - Modifications to prototype developed 30 March 2000.

Version 0.10alpha - Initial early prototype developed 07 March 2000.

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