Jim Smith is the TNC LANDFIRE Project lead. Jim earned a BS in Timber Management and MS Forest Biometrics from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Forest Biometrics and Remote Sensing from Virginia Tech. He spent the next 13 years on the Forestry faculty at Virginia Tech. Jim has also worked in the commercial sector, and was the head of Forest Information Systems development for Champion International Paper Company. He has published in such prestigious journals as Fire Ecology, Forest Science, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Forest Research and the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Among his many professional awards is the 2009 John Wesley Powell Award from USGS, Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI, John I. Davidson Award for Practical Papers from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and a University Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech. In 2014, the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association presented the first “James L. Smith Early Career Scientist Medal,” named after Jim in recognition of his early work on spatial uncertainty in natural resource data bases. Jim lives in Jacksonville, FL.