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Formation 1994
North America
Mission To provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action.
Website .org.natureservewww
Formerly called
Association for Biodiversity Information

NatureServe, Inc.[1] is an

  • NatureServe
  • NatureServe Explorer
  • NatureServe Canada
  • LandScope America

External links

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  2. ^ a b "NatureServe – Macarthur Foundation". Macarthur Foundation. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
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  4. ^ a b c "GuideStar: Generic-Organization Report, NatureServe". The GuideStar Site. GuideStar USA, Inc. 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "IRS Form 990, 2011: NatureServe, Inc." (PDF). GuideStar. GuideStar USA, Inc. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "History & Milestone: The Nature Conservancy". The Nature Conservency. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "IRS Letter of Determination" (PDF). GuideStar. GuideStar USA, Inc. 30 November 2001. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Nonprofit Explorer – NATURESERVE – ProPublica". ProPublica. Pro Publica Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "NatureServe: Financial Disclosure". NatureServe. NatureServe, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Partners and Technical Support". IUCN Red List. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
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  12. ^ "IUCN Global Species Assessments". IUCN Red List Assessments. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Assessment Process". IUCN Red List. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Dedicates Nearly $1 Million for Environmental Causes (Press Release)" (PDF). Mitsubishi Corporation Global Site. Mitsubishi Corp. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Christopher R. (2011). Documenting and Protecting Biodiversity on Land Trust Projects: An Introduction and Practical Guide (First ed.). Land Trust Alliance. pp. 73–75.  
  16. ^ "NatureServe Explorer: An Online Encyclopedia of Life". NatureServe. NatureServe, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Nicole Silk; Kristine Ciruna (19 December 2005). A Practitioner's Guide to Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation. Island Press. p. 45.  
  18. ^ "NatureServe InfoNatura: Animals and Ecosystems of Latin America". NatureServe. NatureServe, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Kittrell, JoAnn (10 December 2009). "New tool developed to assess vulnerability of species to climate change". Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Barker, Kristin; Stein, Bruce A. (4 October 2006). "NatureServe Vista: A GIS-Based Decision Support System for Conservation Planning". Proceedings of TDWG; 2006 (Biodiversity Information Standards – TWDG (Taxonomic Databases Working Group)). Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Grants from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Advance NatureServe's Support for State Wildlife Conservation Strategies (Press Release)" (PDF). NatureServe. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Donations for Non Profit Organizations: NatureServe". Million Dollar List. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 


Some major contributions are made in the form of grants for specific projects. The MacArthur Foundation reported that they awarded $1,191,500 in grants to NatureServe between 2003 and 2013,[2] and NatureServe announced that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awarded two grants totaling nearly $800,000 in 2005.[19][20][21] Between 2004 and 2009, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation donated $6.63 million, the Nature Conservency donated $3.43 million, the Knoblock Family Foundation donated $2.38 million, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation donated $1.21 million.[22]

The corporation's fiscal year 2011 audited financial statement says that "the accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements."[1] It reports "total revenue, gains, and other support" of $9,499,301, and "total expenses" of $8,913,138.[1] $7,932,133 of revenue came from grants and contracts, including a sizable portion in federal awards for mapping services, wildlife assessments, and other products and services.[1] It also reports $186,290 in revenue from general contributions, $56,470 in revenue from membership dues, and $216,062 in fundraising expenses.[1]

NatureServe Inc.'s 2011 IRS Form 990 lists total revenue of $8,680,216 and total expenses of $8,892,007.[8]

Financial Information

By the early 1990s, a group of natural heritage program directors began to develop network-wide information products. This effort led to the establishment of an independent nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the products and services of the network. Incorporated in 1994 as the Association for Biodiversity Information (ABI), this membership organization created the framework for network-wide coordination. In 1999, TNC’s natural heritage network and ABI formally joined forces, with the Conservancy transferring its databases, professional staff, and scientific standards and methodology to ABI. In 2001, having grown into its present form, this new, independent nonprofit became known as NatureServe.

Programs in provinces and Yukon Territory.

While establishing that first program, TNC chief scientist Robert Jenkins, Jr., chose to focus on biological features in need of conservation, and to use this information to suggest priority sites for protection. Targeted features included both species and natural communities, or elements of natural diversity.

The natural heritage network now supported by NatureServe began in 1974 with the creation of the South Carolina Heritage Trust. After working with Patrick Noonan, president of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to arrange the donation of the 24,000-acre (97 km2) Santee Coastal Reserve, Joseph Hudson, chairman of South Carolina’s Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, wanted to identify other preservation-worthy lands in the state. He provided TNC with initial funding to amass information that could inform conservation and land-use decision-making while accounting for impacts on biodiversity.

The NatureServe network

LandScope America ( is an online resource bringing together diverse conservation-related data to assist in land and water use planning. It's a collaborative program from NatureServe and the National Geographic Society.[4]

NatureServe maintains the National Vegetation Classification Standard for the United States as well as the International Classification of Ecological Communities, currently focused on the Western Hemisphere.

NatureServe Explorer is a web-based database provides public access to NatureServe's proprietary information on US and Canadian ecosystems and plant, animal, and fungus species.[15][16] This includes ranked NatureServe conservation status assessment data on state, national, and global levels, considered a leading classification of imperiled species in the United States.[11] Infonatura is a nearly identical service providing information on Latin American wildlife and ecosystems.[17][18]

NatureServe partners with IUCN Red List,[10] the accepted standard for worldwide imperiled species classification,[11] providing coordination assistance and data from their own assessments to the IUCN's conservation assessments,[12][13] and working together on ongoing assessments.[14]

  • Documenting the conservation status and location of species and ecosystems
  • Producing analyses to guide conservation planning
  • Developing software tools to guide conservation planning
  • Managing natural heritage programs and conservation data centers

NatureServe's programs focus on four main areas:[4]


[9] non-profit, tax-exempt corporation incorporated in 1999 as a Washington, DC Nonprofit Corporation.501(c)(3) NatureServe's website declares that it is a [8][7]



  • History 1
  • Programs 2
  • The NatureServe network 3
  • Financial Information 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

[5] In calendar year 2011 they reported having 86 employees, 6 volunteers, and 15 independent officers.[3] NatureServe reports being "headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with regional offices in four U.S. locations and in Canada."[4][3]

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