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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

August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

I think NatureServe is an excellent organization, and has been a leader in science-based conservation in North America. The organization's combination of science-based methodology development with excellent technology tools makes it one of the true innovators in the environmental movement - they are the high tech organization for conservation in North America and perhaps beyond.

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

Canada.

Ways to make it better...

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

ensure the culture of working as a network was shared more broadly with other organizations trying to accomplish similar things.

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

Learning more about taxonomy, and the importance of standards. Also about how networks can develop innovation.

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

From across North America.

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

Revolutionize how we view nature, and how we consider nature in many decisions we take for granted everyday.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had more funding to develop tools that promote the gathering of new data.

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

The demand for its work internationally, and how to connect with others around the world that are working internationally in similar areas.

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

I love the logo.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

NatureServe offers the best of conservation science to its partners. Our state program benefits enormously from NatureServe's international standards for assessing conservation status, and expert guidance on a host of biodiversity conservation issues.

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

NatureServe impacts my work in positive ways every day through their outstanding technical support and transparent, scientifically defensible standards for assessing biodiversity.

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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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