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.
Naturserve provides an invaluable clearing-house for biodiversity information. Their committment to networking state agencies is commendable and necesssary. Many other efforts have been made to create biodiversity hubs and they have failed or been only variably used.
I was preparing for a local radio interview on the impacts of the gulf oil spill on migratory birds (piping plover and American white pelican) and only had 10 minutes to prepare. While I had the basic general facts I needed more precise information on the extent of these species' wintering range in relation to the gulf oil spill. NatureServe's website delivered current and up-to-date information and images that I used and provided the links to for the interview. This is only one recent example demonstrating the power of sharing such credible and transparent information with a broader audience for conservation purposes.
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.
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.
I have worked with NatureServe, and its network of natural heritage experts in positions I have held in three separate states, in university research, private sector and state government roles. In all cases, I turned to NS to get the highest quality, most current, data and information on whatever species or natural community I was working to protect. They always had it, in one place, available via smart on-line map- and database-driven tools. NatureServe will undoubtedly continue to gain recognition as the most comprehensive source for the highest quality data on all rare species and habitats in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Want answers -- get data. And get data based on actual evidence. From human health care to health of the environment, quality information is vital for sound decision making. The better the data, the better the outcome. NatureServe is the nation's leading conservation data support non-profit. Full stop. They provide some of the best diagnostics to the conservation community --- from the non-profit community to government managers to the general public.
There is no finer group of scientists and data managers out there. NatureServe provides many services and professional expertise to the scientific community. The history of standard and methods for 35+ years makes this the best there is.
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.
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!
NatureServe provides an invaluable service to the biological diversity conservation community. There is no other entity that can provide the data and expertise on rare and declining flora and fauna. Without NatureServe's leadership, conservation of many at-risk species would be further jeopardized.
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.
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.
NatureServe is an invaluable coordinator for biodiversity data. With strict data standards, member programs from all U.S. state, Canandian provinces, and several countries around the world can share data to evaluate local, regional, national, and global biodiversity needs. But they also allow for certain flexibility for individual member programs to work within their own financial, political, and prioritization structures. The spatial database and onging technological advances and projects (handheld data collection software, observational database, sharepoint, climate change vulnerability index tool, etc.) keeps this organization at the forefront of conservation.
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.
Dollar for dollar, person for person, there is no organization that does more to conserve the biosphere of the Americas!
As a professional ecologist and advocate for biological diversity, I rely on and desperately need good quality data when commenting on federal and state proposals that could negatively impact the environment and species of concern. NatureServe is the first place I go to in acquiring that data and information. They provide an invaluable service to their users in a professional and high quality manner, and without charge to boot. They are truly a GREAT non-profit!