Mission: NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to providing the scientific basis for effective conservation action. The NatureServe network includes more than 80 member programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Geographic areas served: International
Programs: Conservation products and services: includes developing products and services based on natureserve and nhp/cdc data, and projects that focus on providing analytical or interpretive services to meet specific customer needs. Activities include; eo-based products and services; gis services; biodiversity mapping; conservation assessment and planning; issue oriented publications; forestry certification and public web offerings.
scientific data and methods: includes projects that involve developing methodology and standards. Projects may include some analysis and interpretation, but this is not the primary focus. Activities include: terrestrial vegetation methods and data development; freshwater data methods and data development; marine methods and data development; benchmark data standards; trends and viability analysis through element and occurrence ranks and specifications; multi jurisdictional dataset development; heritage systems support; ecological systems methods and data development.
technology research and development: includes development of information management and delivery systems to support the organization's mission of building a knowledge base for biodiversity status, distribution and trends; and the delivery of that knowledge via online tools and desktop/cloud-based applications.
This is a get-things-done organization! I used to work for NatureServe and enjoyed the culture and inertia so when an opportunity to volunteer, I jumped right in. I have seen and been a part of the ongoing growth end development of NatureServe and what constantly amazes me is how the different members of the network diligently work away at the conservation issues of the day. I hope to continue to volunteer or work for NatureServe in some form throughout my working career or beyond.