Dewberry has been selected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to acquire, process, and develop QL1 and QL2 LiDAR-derived elevation products for approximately 42,304 square miles in southern Idaho, as well as some areas of the neighboring states of Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah.  The initial LiDAR survey began in the fall of 2019 and will continue through the spring of 2020, with all LiDAR acquisition expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2020.

The project will support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (MAP) program; the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) high-resolution elevation enterprise program; and the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) mission of the USGS to complete acquisition of nationwide LiDAR.  Goals also include acquisition of high-quality LiDAR to support management of the Boise National Forest as well as the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) management of Abandoned Mine Lands and delineation of the Jarbidge Wilderness Area.

As Dewberry moves west to complete the USGS goal of a nationwide, high-resolution 3D elevation dataset, the company is partnering with various small businesses in private industry to acquire high-resolution LiDAR data using state-of-the-art sensor technology.  This project supports the requirements of QL1 and QL2 data acquisition using six acquisition partners with ten ultra-high performance LiDAR sensors. The LiDAR data and derivative products will comply with the National Geospatial Program LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.3.