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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 .

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was recently hired by NatureServe to facilitate a conversation among the Board of Directors and Senior Professional Team on deepening lay leadership engagement and strengthening the lay/professional partnership to accelerate the organization's exciting strategic direction. From the moment I met the NatureServe team, I was wowed! by their strategic acumen, passion for conservation, and commitment to achieving even greater excellence.

Andrea B. Wasserman
President and Founder of Social Profit Ventures

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They occupy a unique niche in the world wide effort to protect biodiversity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NatureServe is a unique institution gathering and synthesizing the best science to inform natural resource policies and the conservation of critical habitats.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with NatureServe for over a decade and they have been an essential partner in helping our organization achieve its mission. They have helped us with technical expertise, scientific review/feedback (especially taxonomic expertise), strategic planning, and fundraising. Their annual conferences help us network with other organizations, give us with new ideas/inspiration, and provide training. Their staff have always been professional and helpful.
We would be hard pressed to achieve our goal of having the best scientific information for New Mexico without NatureServe's assistance.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NatureServe is responsible for something most people presume the US (or Canadian) government would be doing: keeping the definitive database of endangered species and endangered ecosystems in the US (and in Canada).

NatureServe is a network of dedicated biologists across the US and Canada, who collaborate to ensure this information is not only stewarded and updated, but made accessible, for free, on line, to any interested person, schoolroom, or researcher.

As a board member (unpaid, as are all non-profit board members) for NatureServe, I have an insiders' view, and am hugely impressed with the devotion to mission and careful stewardship of resources at NatureServe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NatureServe is one of the greatest non-profits that I have worked with. They provide essential data, data management management, organized thinking and useful tools for conservation. NatureServe takes on conservation standards, which is the less glamorous part of conservation, but is absolutely fundamental. And they do it extremely well. NatureServe provides standard template for ranking species and ecosystems that has been adopted around the word.

Go and grow NatureServe!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NatureServe is an outstanding organization. I have worked closely with the staff for many years and depend on them for the highest quality and most complete information on biodiversity and ecosystems. This data is essential to inform planning and management decisions across the United States and internationally. NatureServe does what state and federal natural resource agencies should be doing - collecting, maintaining, sharing, interpreting, and data on biodiversity, in a consistent and efficient manner.

Bill A

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with NatureServe over the last 8 years and found them to be an outstanding not for profit. They are well run with a dedicated team of employees. They are committed to their mission and their focus on nature and the environment are to be commended.

Bill Aiton, President
SSi Consulting