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November 30, 2012

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November 30, 2012

NatureServe was our (BLM) contractor to do two ecoregional assessments in the Great Basin and Mojave areas. These assessments were driven by management questions that required extensive data acquisition and evaluation along with development and application of conceptual models. NatureServe personnel were very knowledgeable in these areas and helped our project management team refine our management question for clarity and intent. NatureServe's knowledge in identifying appropriate datasets to use and developing the models helped the management team structure the assessment to get the best results in addressing the questions. NatureServe conducted several in-person workshops and webinars during this process where they worked collaboratively with the management and technical teams to resolve questions and concerns so final processes were agreed upon. NatureServe also worked with a subcontractor to provide BLM with bioclimatic change envelopes for selected conservation elements. This work is cutting edge in climate change science and provided BLM, for the first time, potential forecasts on how conservation elements may shift under two climate change scenarios. Previously BLM could only address climate change in very general terms; now we have a tool that can be used to address the potential “how” climate change may affect the landscape. NatureServe was the only contractor on BLM’s seven ecoregional assessments to provide this pioneering model. BLM staff have been very receptive of change envelopes. NatureServe's staff were always very professional and responsive to our needs and provided an impressive and useful product. It was a huge undertaking for which we will benefit for many years. Through this effort we have established an excellent working relationship that continues to expand into other areas. We will continue to work with NatureServe on future projects.

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A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

Hi, as a senior biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I worked extensively and closely with many Nature Serve staff, from CEO Mary Klein to various staff biologists. I found nothing but dedication and professionalism, as well as new friends, at all levels. Nature Serve did much for the National Wildlife Refuge System during the time I worked with them, and I'm sure they continue to do so under long-term agreements we set up. I highly recommend them as for their unique mission as a non-profit, for their professionalism as conservationists, and for their good-natured dedication to all they do!

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A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 19, 2012

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August 26, 2010

A network of people from a variety of organizations with cross functional roles all trying to work together for a purpose. Its something to be apart of. more

October 19, 2012

NatureServe has been a great partner over the last 10 years in providing timely and relevant information to help in conservation decisions. They have also helped provide tools to better manage biodiversity information.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 26, 2010

A network of people from a variety of organizations with cross functional roles all trying to work together for a purpose. Its something to be apart of.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping manage species and land.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 17, 2012

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October 17, 2012

I have worked with NatureServe and some of their scientific and technical staff, administration, and leadership since 1997. NatureServe has incredible staff who always do a great job providing technical expertise and assistance; providing high quality and useful training, tools, and information; facilitating communication and collaboration among the natural heritage network and its many partners; providing leadership and support for the natural heritage network and biodiversity conservation internationally. NatureServe has facilitated and contributed to biodiversity conservation in so many ways. NatureServe is a fantastic and invaluable organization and resource.

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A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

I've contracted with NatureServe on a couple of occasions for vegetation mapping. They have always done a great job--produced usable, accurate maps. I use the NatureServe website almost daily in my work in natural resource management.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've contracted them for vegetation mapping, and I use the database on their website almost daily in my work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with extremely knowledgeable, professional scientists

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and knowledgeable professionals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go global.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

My work managing information on plant and animal species and natural plant communities in need of conservation depends on a database developed and supported by NatureServe. The information in this database informs decisions every day. Their incredibly helpful and thoughtful staff have never failed to help me improve the quality of the data we maintain. The technical and biological knowledge of their staff represent a powerful combination. Their support of natural heritage programs around the country and world has had innumerable impacts on conservation efforts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my every day work.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

NatureServe is the authority on the status and location of rare species and plant communities. This information is critical to the long term conservation planning that I do with a land conservation organization. Good, defensible data results in effective, efficient biodiversity conservation. The staff at the Manitoba NatureServe node (Conservation Data Centre) are constantly striving to improve data quality and usability, are easily accessible, and are willing to assist in providing practical advice on conserving and managing lands that support rare species and plant communities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My nearly daily use of its data.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well informed, helpful, eager to assist, aware of real-world on-the-ground conservation challenges pertaining to rare species management.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Systematically survey the rare plant communities and rare species in Manitoba, municipality by municipality. This multi-year project would result in much more certainty re: the status and extent of species and communities in Manitoba.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

The work done by NatureServe is important. In particular, global ranking is a valuable metric when choosing where to spend scarce conservation dollars. Also, the push toward a standardized methodology facilitates the synthesis of information from multiple states and provinces and makes analysis of multi-jurisdicational projects more feasible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dissimination of information through NatureServe Explorer.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding for technology updates and more staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the willingness of NatureServe staff to provide support to and facilitate communication between heritage programs from all across North America.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and dedicated to the protection of biodiversity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

upgrade to more modern software tools, develop new tools and methods for scientific data collection, and improve the way biodiversity concerns shape public policy.

Ways to make it better...

the database management tools necessary for maintaining the data were modernized.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding and the difficulties inherent in working with many different programs across numerous jurisdictions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

Naturserve's rankings of species and ecosystems form the backbone of our rankings for the BC Conservation Framework, which provides direction and priorities for conservation activities in British Columbia. Without the dedication and commitment of this ENGO to this hightly credible and continuingly improved system, the basic core of our program would not be credible. Kudos to the entire program!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by working with the outputs of thier program on a nearly daily basis.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find the resources to maintain their programs and expand it to include the marine environment, and allow them to update their assessments more frequently. In an era of climate change frequent risk assessments would be a valuable monitoring tool.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

excellent science, truly committed staff,excellent service.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, eager to help, committed to learning and improving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

monitor biodiversity changes in the face of a rapdily changing planet

Ways to make it better...

if this ENGO was adequately resourced

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

Kudos

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

NatureServe is an invaluable resource for conservation biologist in North America. It is a central clearinghouse for data, but it also provides expertise, works to standardize methodology so data can be easily comparded, and is an important driver in determining the directions of continuing research.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

promoting the importance of biodiversity conservation.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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