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NatureServe

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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.