NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides scientific information and tools needed to aid effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs provide information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories—known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers—operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The network manages detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, and develops information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society—conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public—to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.
NatureServe's key activities include:
- Establishing scientific standards for biological inventory and biodiversity data management.
- Developing comprehensive and current databases on at-risk species and ecological communities.
- Designing advanced biodiversity data management systems in partnership with information technology leaders.
- Making biodiversity information available to the public through our websites, publications, and custom services to clients and partners.
- Providing information products and conservation services to guide natural resource decision-making.
Website: NatureServe Homepage
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