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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

NatureServe provides actionable knowledge to sustain biodiversity. Their non-partisan, non-advocacy approach allows them to work collaboratively with other scientists in governments, corporations, and non-profit organizations and provide them with unbiased information that can be trusted. Their network of biodiversity programs across the Americas, combined with standard methods and training, allow data to be rolled up to answer pressing questions. And not only does NatureServe play a critical role in collecting and providing data that are absolutely essential to the maintenance of biodiversity but they make working with them a delightful experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredibly smart and innovative conservation professionals make up the staff of NatureServe and the NatureServe Network Programs. I have been working in the conservation field for over 20 years, and I have never met a more dedicated, passionate group who are constantly developing innovative solutions to the ever evolving suite of conservation challenges we face. The NatureServe Network works in collaboration with many agencies and organizations to develop methods, information, and tools to ensure that biodiversity conservation decisions are being guided by rigorous science.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NatureServe is an invaluable resource for the conservation of biodiversity in the U.S. Innovative, science-based methodology, thorough work ethic, vast expert knowledge, and meaningful partnerships with other organizations are what makes them such a reliable source for data. The people of NatureServe deserve every penny they earn (and more).

1 Nik M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NatureServe is the science behind how we protect biodiversity. Often underappreciated and behind the scenes, there is not a non-profit who deserves conservation dollars more. NatureServe's staff are servants to biodiversity, and the NatureServe Network Programs are the boots on the ground - the frontline of conservation. NatureServe is a small non-profit, tasked with big problems, that finds solutions by punching well above their weight.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love this organization! It is full of amazing people committed to making a real impact in the environment.
They work in collaboration with state agencies so their work expands throughout the Americas and Canada.
I truly recommend NatureServe. This is an awesome place to donate and make sure you are really helping make a difference in our Earth!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I choose to support a non-profit organization, it's because the work they do is meaningful. NatureServe, to me, should be the best friend of everyone who cares about the state of our biodiversity, and how our rare species and threatened ecosystems are doing. Not only do they provide reliable data, their conservation solutions (google NatureServe Explorer, LandScope America, Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard, etc) are the answers to the needs of key stakeholders in a variety of industries - forestry, energy, land trusts, and more. NatureServe does meaningful work, and that's why I support.

Image attached was photographed by Michael Menefee

1 Jesi H.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a scientist, I am very particular about where I donate my funds to. NatureServe is one of the few organizations that not only want to make changes to the natural world but wants to do it in a smart and strategic way. They work with so many amazing organizations and partners to make effective and efficient conservation action. The amount of work they do on the budget they have is truly mind-blowing and I only hope they can continue to do more amazing work in the future!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MISSION: To Provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action.

NatureServe has been recognized with a genius grant by the McArthur Foundation because of its commitment to assisting governments, conservation organizations, corporations, landowners and the scientific community to manage our natural resources more carefully.

We cannot ensure the survival of endanger species and natural environments unless we can rely on organizations such as NatureServe to provide the scientific underpinning for our decisions.

1 Stephen Thor J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NatureServe and LandScope provide us with the tools we need to guide our conservation work as a national land trust. Their peer reviewed system for characterizing and comparing habitats all across the county make for efficient field work on our part. And, the staff are pretty great too!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NatureServe is one of the most efficient organizations I've had the pleasure to work with. The expertise and enthusiasm of the staff and the importance of the data and relationships across the regions NatureServe works always amaze me. Knowing that every bit of every resource is being put towards conserving environmental systems in places we all care about is why I spend so much time working with NatureServe to achieve their mission of connecting science with conservation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Terrific management team and staff working passionately towards biodiversity conservation. NatureServe's tireless efforts to augment its data to be the credible source for intelligent decisions is truly inspiring.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but they're not entitled to their own facts. But where do you go to get the facts about declining biodiversity? The short answer NatureServe. With a network of 1,000 scientists doing deep factual dives on the status of 70,000 species of plants and animals, NatureServe is the go-to place for anyone with a business or other decision to make where biodiversity has to be taken into account. I have been on the board for two years and met a wide variety of NatureServe people and they're for real. Honest, professional, dedicated. This is just an outstanding nonprofit organization.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.