CHAT Winter Meeting

January 5, 2021 - January 5, 2021

A Virtual Event

Learn about the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) delivering data-driven solutions as part of WAFWA’s Western Fire Symposium.


A GIS-based decision support system providing quick access to state fish and wildlife agency priorities related to crucial habitats and important migration areas. Learn more about CHAT and how this tool can assist with wildlife early planning, mitigation and recovery efforts. Make plans now to join us online!

Learn more about WAFWA’s Mid-Winter Meeting and the Western Fire Symposium HERE.



All events are in Mountain Standard time. Schedule is subject to change – last updated 11/13/2020.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
1:00 pmWelcome & Introductions
1:10 – 1:30 pm
Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)
Chanda Pettie, CHAT Coordinator provides an introduction CHAT showcasing its history and development, and how this decision support tool is promoting the incorporation of state-based wildlife conservation values into landscape-level land use planning efforts.
1:30 – 2:00 pmCHAT in Action: Forest Action Plan
Tyre Holfeltz, Wildfire Risk Mitigation Program Manager and Andrew Mock GIS Analysist with the Idaho Department of Lands provides a presentation and discussion on how CHAT, along with other data sources, was used to develop the Idaho Forest Action Plan (July 2020).
2:00 – 2:30 pmCHAT Potential: Shared Stewardship – Multi-Agency Project Collaboration
Timmons Group presents their Shared Wildfire Risk Mitigation (SWRM) Tool developed in partnership with DOI (USFWS etc.), USDA agencies and select Western States, that facilitates collaborative spatial planning and accomplishment tracking. Discussion will focus on the potential to leverage CHAT in SWRM to aid partners land management accomplishments.
2:30 – 3:00 pmCHAT Case Study: Planning for Large-Scale Fire Breaks
An example of using CHAT for planning a multi-state fire break as part of the CHAT Case Study series to help demonstrate CHAT utilization.
3:00 – 4:30pmIntroducing the Under-the-Hood (UTH) Tool
Miles Spathelf, GIS Analyst III for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, introduces the Under-the-Hood tool developed by the CHAT-Data Community (CHAT-DC). A new CHAT feature that allows users quick access to the data used to develop the CHAT rankings.
UTH Work Session
The CHAT-DC team will lead an interactive work session for the States to learn how to upload data into the UTH. A walk-though presentation and discussion will be provided. Attendees will be prepped early for this work session.
4:45 – 5:00 pmMeeting Business
Financial Report: Review of 2020 gains & expenditures and forecasted budget for 2021.
Last Meeting’s Business: Discuss and update the status of 2020/2021 action items
Director’s Report: Identify topics for the Director’s report.