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For nearly 50 years, leading conservationists and decision-makers have turned to the NatureServe Network as the most reliable source for biodiversity data and expertise.

Awards and Recognition

  • Silver Member of the Esri Partner Network - 2019
  • Recipient of the Esri Making a Difference Award - 2019
  • Top-Rated Nonprofit by - 2017
  • Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award - 2016
  • Recepient of CIO 100 Award - 2016
  • Honoree for Climate Adaptation Leadership for Natural Resources - 2016
  • Winner of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions - 2014
  • U.S. Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award, for Bruce Young's role in writing "Scanning the Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Index" - 2011
  • U.S. Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award, for collaboration in the "Seeds of Success" partnership - 2010
  • Recognition by The Heinz Center for Contributions to the State of the Nation's Ecosystems - 2008
  • Wildlife Stewardship Award of the American Forest and Paper Association  - 2003

Some of our Accomplishments

  • Produced the first standardized maps of ecosystems in the Americas.
  • Documented more than 1 million mapped locations for at-risk species.
  • More than three quarters of conservation assessments in the United States start with data from NatureServe.
  • Provide data and expertise to millions of users by fulfilling more than 6 million individual information requests annually.
  • Put critical information in the hands of resource managers and decision-makers with tools like NatureServe Explorer Pro, Environmental Review Tool, and Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard.
  • Developing sound methodologies for ecological assessments, including the likely impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and places like wildlife refuges and parks.
  • Offering data-system services that make biodiversity conservation more efficient from federal agencies to local communities in the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America.
  • Produced the first high-resolution map identifying the most critical areas for conservation in the contiguous United States.


It has been and is always a pleasure to work with you and the NatureServe team. I am happy to accept and have reviewed the conservation value map. It is a fantastic piece of work, and we are so delighted that we were able to collaborate on this project. The US conservation community has needed this map and a new approach to understanding Americas most critical biodiversity.

Sean Breyer, Program Manager
ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, Esri

The network's database on species and ecosystems is widely viewed as the most complete and detailed in the nation, and is the country's leading source of biological information for conservation planners, government agencies and land managers.

William K. Stevens
The New York Times

We—the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre, NatureServe Canada, and the entire NatureServe Network—get a lot of respect from our “just the facts” standpoint; here’s the information we think you need to make a decision, and if there are other things you need, let us know. We’re not going to tell you what that decision needs to be, but here are the values you need to be aware of.

Eric Lofroth
British Columbia Conservation Data Centre

NatureServe is one of the greatest non-profits that I have worked with. They provide essential data, data management, organized thinking and useful tools for conservation.

Stephen Woodley, Co-Chair
IUCN Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas

NatureServe is rightfully recognized as the premier source for scientific data and information for the U.S. conservation community. Their resources and leadership is essential for the community.

Jeffrey Marqusee, former Executive Director
U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program

NatureServe is critical for protecting the diversity of life on earth.

David VanLuven, Principal
VanLuven Environmental