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.
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 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 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.