NatureServe is a valued conservation partner that supports and facilitates a diversity of conservation efforts. No other resource is able to compile, maintain, and distribute the volume of data that NatureServe provides. They are an invaluable resource that supports and enhances the broad conservation community.
NatureServe is rightfully recognized as the premier source for scientfic data and information for the U.S. conservation community. Their resources and leadership is essential for the community.
NatureServe is the premier organization in the Western Hemisphere which gathers scientific data on plants, animals and the natural communities in which they live. It is widely recognized as the source for the most accurate and reliable data available. Yet one of NatureServe's greatest strengthts is the ability to make the knowledge gained from millions of data points accessible and understandable to those who work to conserve our natural world. NatureServe and its network of Natural Heritage Programs help guide conservation which is carried out through the expenditure of government and non-profit sector funds as well as the commitment of many volunteers who give of their time and personal resources. In a time when individual species and natural communities are being lost to the ever increasing human impact on our only planet - this biological knowledge is truly key to preserving the incredible quality of life which IS possible on this planet - for all of its inhabitants.
Every day, NatureServe is making scientific data and information readily availalbe in a timely and cost effective manner to help guide biodiversity and land conservation and informed economic development decisions. NatureServe is a great organization that provides support to the Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centres that cover all of Canada, all 50 US States and 19 Latin American programs. This network provides current accuate conservation information on the biodiversity of the Western Hemisphere. Go NatureServe.
NatureServe provides an invaluable service to conservation organizations, government agencies, and the public in a variety of ways. They provide a clearinghouse for information on the location and condition of rare species throughout the North America, provide a wide array of conservation planning and evaluation tools, and perhaps most importantly, leadership in the conservation of biodiversity.
NatureServe is critical for protecting the diversity of life on earth. They provide invaluable information and perspective on plants, animals, and natural landscapes that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and professional ecologists use to inform good land use decisions around the world. I've worked with them since their inception, and have found their data to be rigorous and reliable, their tools powerful and useful, and their staff knowledgeable and professional. No one else does the critical work NatureServe does, and we're all lucky to have them .
NatureServe is an important and influential organization in informing conservation with good science. They have been innovative in developing scientific methodologies, information products, and software applications to achieve this end. They are the essential hub in a network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers throughout the western hemisphere. Their work has helped our program to leverage the collective intelligence of this network and NatureServe has been critical to our success.
My association with NatureServe dates to the founding of the organization at which time I was the natural resources program manager for the Department of the Air Force. In that capacity I was responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental laws and sound natural resources stewardship was practiced on Air Force lands. The nearly nine million acres of Air Force land is distributed throughout the country and is typically characterized by high biological diversity and other important environmental values. Ensuring sound stewardship of the Air Force lands was imperative for the accomplishment of the Air Force’s primary mission of military testing and training. Although the Air Force, as well as the other military services, maintain professional staffs to manage the natural resources on individual installations, those individuals often required assistance in dealing with specific issues involving critical species management. For that reason the Department of Defense established a partnership with NatureServe to assist in the management of its critical species management programs as well as other efforts for the general conservation and enhancement of biological diversity. Over the years that partnership has yielded spectacular results and directly enabled the military services to effectively manage their natural resources programs. NatureServe has felicitated access to Natural Heritage databases and other resources to help military natural resources managers make assessments of the status of individual species on their lands. Additionally, they have provided resources to assist military planners in reducing the impact of future military operations on sensitive species and they have provided educational resources to help inform military natural resources managers of current issues and strategies for enhancing biological diversity on military lands.
Since my retirement from the Air Force, I continue to use NatureServe programs and resources. For example, as an active member of the Arizona Native Plant Society, I and others in our organization working on the protection of Arizona’s native flora have found NatureServe’s Explorer website to be an invaluable source for information on the status of the sensitive plants and ecosystems we are attempting to protect.
In summary, NatureServe is an outstanding organization which provides truly unique and priceless resources to government agencies, private industry, environmental organizations, and individuals seeing to protect and enhance biological diversity.
NatureServe is committed to using science to inform conservation. There is clearly a deep culture of scientific integrity and value for biodiversity. NatureServe protects endangered species and ecosystems by harnessing large amounts of knowledge and data while also connecting to small projects and groups. I have personally met NatureServe's CEO and am impressed with her tireless commitment, energy and vision. this is truly one of the most important nature non-governmental organizations.
NatureServe is amazingly effective and is unique in its ability to bring together the power of a Network of Heritage programs throughout the world to address big questions. Their receipt of the 2014 MacArthur award for being a Creative and Effective institution reflects this. NatureServe Scientists are leaders in conservation science and NatureServe is working with a broad set of partners to help lead conservation and provide answers to big questions.