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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NatureServe and its member network provides critical information and tools to help decision-makers make informed land use decisions. Better informed decisions will guide conservation and biodiversity efforts. I have been incredibly impressed by the commitment and passion of the NatureServe staff. All of my contributions to NatureServe have been unrestricted because I understand the care and thoughtfulness that goes into projects that meet the organization's mission.
NatureServe, an offshoot of The Nature Conservancy, is the umbrella organization for the network of natural heritage programs in every U.S. state and Canadian province as well as in many Latin American countries. NatureServe provides the scientific basis for effective conservation action throughout the Western Hemisphere. It is inconceivable to me how one could effectively target scarce conservation dollars towards those species most at risk and those ecosystems most deserving of conservation attention without the information researched, compiled, and distributed by NatureServe.