NatureServe staff and member programs have a wide array of
expertise to assist clients in interpreting the biological and ecological data
needed to meet planning or management objectives. Expert assistance is available
Statewide and ecoregional conservation planning
Selection and design of nature preserves and conservation easements
Open space, greenway, and biological corridor planning
Site evaluation for biodiversity/endangered species constraints and opportunities
Analysis, reconciliation, and use of NatureServe datasets with other relevant
biological, physical, and socioeconomic datasets
To learn more, contact Shara Howie, Director of Heritage Data Services, at
703-908-1855 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NatureServe's member programsa hemisphere-wide network
of natural heritage programs and conservation data centersconduct expert
local biodiversity inventories and analyze the results within a national and
international context. The 800-plus staff from across the network include some
of the most knowledgeable biologists in their respective fields and are renowned
as local and regional experts.
Each year, the programs conduct field surveys for rare plants and animals and
other species of conservation concern, sensitive habitats, and other outstanding
features. They also perform viability assessments for species and populations.
Inventory results dating back to the 1970s are tracked in sophisticated biodiversity
databases. Places of special significance are targeted on a project-by-project
basis. The results can be reported in a variety of forms-in database files,
maps, GIS layers, and published papers.
Natural heritage biologists discover hundreds of new populations of at-risk
species annually, adding to our knowledge of our natural world. Often, natural
heritage inventories can determine that a species is not as rare as previously
thought, thus helping to guide effective allocation of scarce conservation resources.
For projects within a single state or province, contact the
local member program. Contact information can be found using the network directory
under Visit Local Programs.
Many U.S. natural heritage programs and Canadian conservation
data centres conduct environmental reviews of proposed development projects.
By comparing the locations of proposed projects with known occurrences of at-risk
species or sensitive habitats, development can be directed away from these areas
towards less-sensitive lands. Developers and corporations benefit from these
environmental reviews in several ways: improving planning, averting political
and legal conflicts, reducing costs, and keeping projects on schedule.
To submit a proposed project for environmental review, contact the natural
heritage program for the relevant state or province. Contact information can
be found using the network directory under Visit