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Location: 4600 N. Fairfax Dr., 7th Floor Arlington VA 22203 USA
Geographic areas served: International
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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 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.
NatureServe is about science. It's about fundamentally understanding the bits and pieces of nature, seeing how they fit together, and doing everything in their modest power to bring this understanding to others. Their method combines the information gathered from 80+ conservation data centers with hundreds of top-notch biologists together with their talented science staff to provide relevant, meaningful biodiversity information.
The end-goal is science-based conservation and this is steeped in deep knowledge of the natural world, the bits and pieces of nature, understood and disseminated by this incredible organization.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Work to endow more core science staff.
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Natureserve is a very special nonprofit. The core of it was originally the science staff from The Nature Conservancy, back when TNC had biological staff. TNC funded it for several years, after which Natureserve needed to find its own funding, which it has, and successfully so.
Natureserve is the "mother ship" for the large array of natural heritage programs found in the United States. Natural heritage programs track the locations and status of all of the rare and endangered and special status species and natural communities in the country. There is a program in each state, as well as in Canadian provinces and in several countries in Latin America. They are all tied together by common methodology and philosophy and, to some extent technology, maintained by Natureserve. It's a big job!
I am continually impressed with the professionalism and talent found at Natureserve. I've worked for them (briefly), or with them as a colleague in another agency, for many years and count many of the staff as friends. This is a nonprofit truly worth supporting.
They occupy a unique niche in the world wide effort to protect biodiversity.
NatureServe is a unique institution gathering and synthesizing the best science to inform natural resource policies and the conservation of critical habitats.