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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geography, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

US Geological Survey

US Geological Survey . The mission of the USGS is to provide geologic, topographic, and hydrologic information that contributes to the wise management of the Nation's natural resources and that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of the people. This information consists of maps, databases, and descriptions and analyses of the water, energy, and mineral resources, land surface, underlying geologic structure, natural hazards, and dynamic processes of the earth. See: New USGS Search Engine - Does a full-text search of all registered USGS Web servers.

USGS Land Resources Section . links page to all USGS environment sections. Main areas: Ecosystems and Management, Anthropogenic and Natural Contaminants, Global Change, Policy and Guidance

USGS Information Management Section . Featured Information Collection, Information Discovery, Products, Information Policy, Coordination, Standards

US National Park Service

.(see under ECP Parks list)

US National Imagery & Mapping Agency

US National Imagery & Mapping Agency . "NIMA provides timely, relevant, and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information in support of national security objectives....NIMA incorporates the Defense Mapping Agency , the Central Imagery Office, and the Defense Dissemination Program Office in their entirety; and the mission and functions of the CIA's National Photographic Interpretation Center." . Projects : Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED®) Level 0, Geodesy and Geophysics (G&G), Geospatial IPT Home Page, GEOnet Names Server, Terrain Modeling Project Office (TMPO), DMAMUSE 2.0 Software Tools, Public Map and Chart Sales, Geodesy for the Layman.

US NIMA Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED®) Level 0 : "In support of military applications, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) has developed a standard digital dataset (Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED®) Level 0) which may be of value to scientific, technical, and other communities...This data set may be freely copied, manipulated, adapted or combined with other geospatial information as desired by the user. It allows a gross representation of the Earth's surface for general modeling and assessment activities." At this site, you can select individual 30x30 degree cells for download or direct viewing.

US Natural Resources Conservation Service

US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) . The Natural Resources Conservation Service is the federal agency that works with landowners on private lands to conserve natural resources.
Nearly three-fourths of the technical assistance provided by the agency goes to helping farmers and ranchers develop conservation systems uniquely suited to their land and individual ways of doing business. The agency also provides assistance to rural and urban communities to reduce erosion, conserve and protect water, and solve other resource problems...

US NRCS Data Clearinghouse : Datasets available: Earth Cover/Vegetation (PLANTS Projects), Hydrography (Mapping and Digitizing Watershed and Subwatershed Hydrologic Unit Boundaries), 1992 National Resources Inventory (NRI), Soils, Water and Climate, Aerial Photography, Census Data , Digital Elevation Model Data, Digital ortho-photography, World Data (Countries Ecosystems Elevation Land Areas Soil Types Vegetation).

USGS Biological Resources Division/National Biological Survey

Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey (NBS). The BRD mission is to work with others to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation's biological resources. A fundamental part of our mission is embodied in our deep commitment to make data and information on the Nation's biological resources more accessible to more people....National Programs: Arctic Science Program :A cooperative program of research on landscapes and species (bird, mammal, and fish) in the arctic and subarctic ecosystems. Biomonitoring Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) :A program designed to identify and understand the effects of environmental contaminants on biological resources. Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) :The North American Bird Banding Program is jointly administered by the United States Biological Resource Division and the Canadian Wildlife Service to study the movement, survival, and behavior of birds. Earth Stewards :Earth Stewards is a three year pilot program that provides teachers with new ways to engage students in science by offering hands-on activities, professional mentors, and community stewardship projects. GAP Analysis: A geographic approach for assessing the current protection status of biological diversity over large geographic areas. Global Change Research Program :Several Global Change Research Program databases described using the 1/25/94 version of the Spatial Metadata Content Standard. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP) contributes to an understanding of the processes and impacts of global climate change. Interagency Taxonomic Information System :A standard reference on nomenclature and taxonomy of plants and animals. Information Resources Management Program :The Information Resources Management Program includes telecommunications, networking, office automation, records management, computer security, email, distributed data systems, applications technologies, and the training, procurement, and technology research necessary to support these activities. Land Use History of North America :A multi-year project to prepare a scientifically-based "history" of land use change across North America, from prehistoric times to the present. Lower Rio Grande Ecosystem Initiative :The aim of this initiative is to broaden our understanding of the ecology of North America's most international river. Man And the Biosphere Program Fauna database :Fauna species lists for Biosphere Reserves. National Ecological Surveys Team (NEST) :NEST evaluates ecological inventory monitoring and analysis programs, designs nationwide species and population monitoring surveys, develops methods for the analysis of resulting data to estimate the status and trends of the nation's biotic diversity, and maintains partnerships for analysis and management with cooperating organizations. National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) :. North American Breeding Bird Survey :A source of population trend and distribution information for most species of North American birds. Non-indigenous Aquatic Species Program :A national information resource for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of Non-indigenous aquatic species. NPFlora and NPFauna databases :Databases of vertebrate and vascular plant occurrences in the National Parks. Species at Risk :A program that develops information that will lead to the stabilization of declining populations and reduce or eliminate the need for additional listings under the Endangered Species Act. Status and Trends :Information on published reports concerning the status and trends of biological resources in the United States. U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program :A Federal Interagency program providing an interdisciplinary approach to address environmental problems, land use, and conservation issues. Vegetation Mapping Program :A multi-year project to produce vegetation maps of 235 natural resources parks within the National Park System (see under ECP parks section). Biosphere Reserves in Action: Case Studies of the American Experience :Lower Missouri River Ecosystem Initiative :The wide variety of information generated under this initiative is deepening our knowledge of the biological resources of the Lower Missouri River. Southern Appalachian Ecosystem :The Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Program (SAMAB) is a consortium of Federal and State Agencies working in partnership to promote ecosystem management and sustainable development in the Southern Appalachian Regional Biosphere Reserve. SEARCH .

USGS Center for Biological Informatics .(USGS Biological Resources Center for Biological Informatics Denver Federal Center, Building 810 Room 8000, MS 302 Denver, CO 80225-0046 303/202-4220 (office) 303/202-4219 (fax) GIS contacts: Ralph Root 303/202-4232 (office) 303/202-4219 (fax) E-mail:, Susan Stitt 303/202-4234 (office) 303/202-4219 (fax) E-mail:, Karl Brown 303/202-4240 (office) 303/202-4219 (fax) E-mail: ) " Programs they support include the following, (described in more detail above): Geospatial Technology Program, Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), Land Use History of North America (LUHNA), National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), National Technical Means Program (NTM), State Partnership Program, Taxonomic Resources and Expertise Directory (TRED), USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program .

USGS CLIMET Program (David L. Peterson, Research Biologist, Forest and Rangeland Ecosys. Science Center, Cascadia Field Station, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195 206.543.1587 (voice), 206.685.0790 (fax) AND Daniel B. Fagre, Research Ecologist, Midcontinent Ecological Science Center, Glacier Field Station, West Glacier, MT 59936, 406.888.7993 (voice), 406.888.7990 (fax) . "How will mountain ecosystems in the northwestern United States be affected by climatic variability in the 21st century? That is the fundamental question guiding CLIMET (Climate-Landscape Interactions on a Mountain Ecosystem Transect), a multidisciplinary research effort directed by U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division (USGS-BRD) scientists in Washington and Montana. "

USGS BRD Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center .(2630 Fanta Reed Road La Crosse, WI 54602-0818 Phone: (608) 783-6451) .."The Environmental Center freely shares a wide range of biological, physical, spatial, and technical data and information relating to the Upper Mississippi River System. Established in 1986 as a center for ecological monitoring and analysis, the Environmental Center manages the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program which is the largest river-related inventory, monitoring, research, spatial analysis, and information sharing program in the United States....the mission of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program is to provide decision makers with the information needed to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a viable multiple-use large river ecosystem."

USGS BRD Cascadia Field Station (College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Box 352100, Seattle, Washington 98195-2100, Telephone: (206) 543-1587 (office) Fax: (206) 685-0790 Email: ) "Field Station scientists study the biological and social aspects of resource management issues in national parks and other protected areas on public lands throughout the Northwest and beyond. " Current top project: Climate Landscape Interactions on a Mountain Ecosystem Transect . Projects: Global Climate Change, Air Pollution Impacts, Fire Ecology, Inventory and Monitoring of Natural Resources .

USGS BRD Florida Caribbean Science Center .(7920 NW 71st Street Gainesville, FL 32653-307 . Tel:352.378.8181 Fax:352.374.8080) "Our Center recognizes an urgent need for research to improve understanding and management of ecological problems unique to aquatic ecosystems, including freshwater, coastal estuarine, and coral reef systems. Projects: Non-indigenous Aquatic Species Program, Zebra Mussel Page, Herpetology Project, Sirenia (Manatees) Project, South Florida/Caribbean Ecosystem Research Group, Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation of Southeastern Freshwater Fishes, South Florida Fire Ecology Project, Contaminants and Mussel Culture Research. Greater Everglades Ecosystems ." Geospatial Applications Site : Non-indigenous Aquatic Species Repository "central repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of Non-indigenous aquatic species. Provided are Distribution Maps, Clickable query maps, scientific reports, online/real-time queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information...The primary geographical coverage is North America however other regions may be included as the need arises. "

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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