Communications. Rapid communication of oral and written information will be a hallmark of the proposed information system. This will facilitate and encourage timely reporting of possible new nonindigenous aquatic species and prompt dissemination of confirmed reports about the presence, or changes in distribution, of such organisms and their effects. Advanced communications technology will be employed to the extent necessary and feasible. The information system also will be used to maintain information generated in conjunction with implementation of the control and
Harvest To HandAre you looking for a local harvest festival, farmers market, pick-your-own, locally made products or family-friendly farms? Harvest to Hand is a smartphone app here to help promote a sustainable way of life for local agriculture across the United States (available for iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices). Consumers have easy access to fresh farm products, events and home-spun goods right at their fingertips through our free Harvest to Hand app. Click here to explore the app online.
Buy, sell and find local food with Local Dirt. How it works, buyers can search and source local food in their area with the added convenience of online ordering. Sellers can easily find new buyers and sell their products online. Local Dirt will even automate your invoicing and track your inventory. Farmer markets, buying clubs and co-ops can automate ordering, inventory, price sheets and invoicing. Click Here!
USDA National Farmers Market DirectoryThe USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Market information included in the Directory is voluntary and self-reported to AMS by market managers, representatives from State farmers market agencies and associations, and other key market personnel.
While AMS Marketing Services updates market listings in the USDA National Farmers Market Directory throughout the year on request from market stakeholders, the program also actively solicits new and updated market information from farmers market stakeholders each spring in order to keep the listings in the Directory as accurate and comprehensive as possible. Despite these efforts to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the data, there is no way to ensure that each individual farmers market listing in the Directory is completely accurate and up to date at any given point in time. To make it easier for users of the Directory search engine to evaluate the likelihood that market information provided in the Directory is still current, each market listing contains a date stamp at the bottom of the record. To avoid disappointment, users may wish to contact the listed market representative or consult the market’s own website, if available, before planning a visit.
The USDA National Farmers Market Directory is one of the most comprehensive listing of farmers markets across the country. Please help to make it the most accurate resource it can be. Contact the Farmers Market Directory team at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
USDA Farmers Markets Search
The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Find your local farmers market here.
Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat info
We also learn what types of environments are best to invite the prairie chickens to nest in.
The NRCS episode on the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
Learn how the Working Lands for Wildlife partnership provides landowners with voluntary incentive programs to help keep working lands in production while providing beneficial habitat for wildlife.
NRCS' Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative
See how ranchers have worked with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to bring back the Lesser Prairie Chicken while improving their land for livestock.
Here is the latest update from NRCS on the LPCI
The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative
USDA is working with landowners in five states to protect an increasingly rare bird and its habitat.
The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD)
The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. It is managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the SSC- Species Survival Commission of the IUCN -International Union for Conservation of Nature. The GISD was developed as part of the global initiative on invasive species led by the Global Invasive Species Programme GISP and was/is supported through partnerships with the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and the University of Auckland.
The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and natural ecosystems and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.
As the database is continually being populated with species information, please check back on a regular basis for updates
Learn about how a Texas landowner is using a CCAA to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken
Learn about how a Texas landowner is using a CCAA to protect Lesser Prairie Chicken by following habitat guidelines. Produced by Larry Lemmons for KVII-TV.
Texas Plant Protection Assn
For the past 24 years, the non-profit professional Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) has sponsored educational conferences for those involved in production agriculture. These conferences include the Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference and the TPPA Precision Ag Expo. These events have been successful due to the broad support of many leaders in Texas agriculture that represent academia, Extension, research, consulting, agribusiness, farmers and regulatory. Click Here.
Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
The Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
(SGP CHAT) is a spatial model put together to designate and prioritize areas for Lesser prairie-chicken (LEPC) conservation activities and industry development. As such, it plays a duel role in that it is used to encourage development activities to occur outside of high priority areas as well as monitor activities that occur in each of the categories. In many ways it is the spatial representation of the LEPC Range Wide Plan (RWP). Another purpose of this dataset is to create an online tool usable by conservation managers, industry, and the public that identifies priority habitat, including connecting corridors that can be used in the early stages of development or conservation planning. Click Here to open the CHAT
Watch the 2010 Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival
SUNUP visits the Woodward, Oklahoma for the 2010 Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival to see the amazing display put on by the rare but popular birds. We also learn what types of environments are best to invite the prairie chickens to nest in.
Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken - Texas Park and Wildlife Official Video
Once spreading across the plains, Lesser Prairie Chicken populations have steadily declined due to habitat loss. Wildlife biologists are counting on private landowners to help restore the habitat and hopefully save the bird.
Wind Energy & Wildlife - Texas Parks and Wildlife Official Video
Texas leads the country in wind energy production but biologists are concerned about its effects on wildlife such as the threatened Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Part 1 of 2 - watch part 2 here
Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)
With the launch of this Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), the Western Governors' Association and its Wildlife Council aim to bring greater certainty and predictability to planning efforts by establishing a common starting point for discussing the intersection of development and wildlife. While not intended for project-level approval, CHAT is designed to reduce conflicts and surprises while ensuring wildlife values are better incorporated into land use decision-making, as well as large-scale conservation projects.
Find a CRP Meeting in Your State
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have created a website to help farmers and ranchers find meetings near them that discuss the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up. The meetings will provide information on eligibility requirements, ways to increase acceptance into the program, annual payment rates and CRP practices and management options. Click here to find a meeting near you!
U.S Drought Portal
Drought is one of the most costly natural disasters affecting the U.S. The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was established in 2006 (NIDIS Act) to help begin to move society from a reactive response to drought to a proactive stance. NIDIS was envisioned to be a dynamic and accessible drought information system that provides users with the ability to determine the potential impacts of drought and the associated risks they bring, and the decision support tools needed to better prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought. In this, NIDIS forms the backbone of a national Drought Early Warning System and the U.S. Drought Portal is the public face of NIDIS on the Web.
Click here to learn more.
Invaders of Texas
Invaders of Texas Program is an innovative campaign whereby volunteer "citizen scientists" are trained to detect the arrival and dispersal of invasive species in their own local areas. That information is delivered into a statewide mapping database and to those who can do something about it. The premise is simple. The more trained eyes watching for invasive species, the better our chances of lessening or avoiding damage to our native landscape. This website also contains information on local workshops, toolkits, and online seminars. Click here to become a citizen scientist.
This calculator provides a simple and prompt means of analyzing your grazing program as your work your way through the grazing season. It will make management decisions much easier and give you confidence that you are on track with your grazing plan. Click here to download calculator for free.
Plants of Texas Rangelands
This website provides a description, identifying characteristics, the geographic distribution and a habitat description of species found on Texas rangelands, along with photographs of the plant and its distinguishing features. Information on the most common toxic plants in the state, including signs of poisoning and controlling these plants are also included.
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Application - TPWD
The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Application provides an interactive map for visualizing, collecting, and reporting data related to the lesser prairie-chicken. Viewing the distribution of this species on a map is available to all application users. Registered users, including TPWD biologists, landowners, and citizen scientists can add information to the application by entering observation data. Registration is open to all users and options for creating an account are available in the application.
Firewise Communities Map
Use our interactive map above to access spatial information about where our Firewise Communities/USA® sites are located and learn where wildland fires are occurring within the United States at any given time. All layers are interactive and have an associated ‘pop-up’ with attribute information. Here are some basic instructions to help you get started (download a PDF of these instructions)
For any location corrections, please e-mail us, email@example.com. Latitude and longitude decimal degrees preferred.
USDA Service Centers - Local Service Centers Directory
This Service Center Locator Web site will provide the address of a USDA Service Center and other Agency offices serving your area along with information on how to contact them.
USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies.
NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER (NRC) ON-LINE REPORTING TOOLThe National Response Center has deployed an On-Line Reporting Tool. This tool provides users of the internet the ability to easily submit incident reports to the NRC. In addition, the tool will transmit an email containing the report number back to the Reporting Party. The on-line HELP feature will assist users in all facets of the tool.
Reports taken by the NRC are based on the "Incident Type." Each Incident Type requires a different subset of information. The NRC On-Line Reporting Application "HELP" feature describes these areas in detail. All incident types are available for submission via the application.
The NRC will contact the Reporting Party within 30 minutes of receiving an online report to provide an official NRC Report Number. If you have not received an email confirmation from the NRC within 45 minutes of submitting a report, please contact us by phone using our toll free number (800-424-8802).
NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER MISSION :
The National Response Center (NRC) is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. If you have a spill to report, contact us via our toll-free number or check out our Web Site for additional information on reporting requirements and procedures. For those without 800 access, please contact us at 202.267.2675. The NRC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you have specific questions relating to the mission of the NRC, we encourage you to send an email, HQS-DG-lst-NRCINFO@uscg.mil, to the NRC Duty Officer and you will receive a reply within 24 hours. Unless otherwise specified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, the NRC does not accept reports that are emailed or faxed. You can submit an online report by using the On-Line Reporting Tool located under the Services tab above.
Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database
State by state listing of lenders who are known to offer EEMs compiled by Mortgageloan.com.
Quick EnergyQuick Energy is a stand-alone tool that allows you to calculate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions based on anticipated fuel savings. You can use Quick Energy by itself or in conjunction with your COMET-FARM user account.
Cut Electricity Costs This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green!
Landscape ConservationLandscape Conservation is a partnership between the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry. It provides information and resources on how to effectively steward forest land in the Northeast and Midwestern United States. Click Here.
National Stormwater CalculatorEPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.
It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including
The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use.
- site developers,
- landscape architects
- urban planners, and
Download the Stormwater Calculator setup program
National Wildlife Refuge System - National Wildlife Refuge Locator
Find a Refuge Near You
Nearly 46 million people visit national wildlife refuges each year. Visitors and local communities recognize refuges as national treasures:
- Wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 200 species of fish.
- Fifty-nine refuges have been established with a primary purpose of conserving threatened or endangered species.
- 280 of the 1,200-plus federally-listed threatened or endangered species in the U.S. are found on units of the Refuge System.
NatureServe Explorer, provides information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada, and includes in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe and its natural heritage member programs.
Use the database to find:
- scientific and common names
- conservation status
- distribution maps
- images for thousands of species
- life histories, conservation needs, and more
USDA-APHIS’ Identification Technology Program (ITP)
ID Tools online database system to identify pests, including insects, diseases, harmful weeds. Includes more than 30 websites covering a vast array of pests and pests associated with specific commodities.
Audubon LocationsFind an Audubon location: search by postal code or state for centers and sanctuaries, and local chapters.
ACP (Asian Citrus Psyllid)/HLB (Huanglongbing Disease) Distribution and Management
Interactive website for growers and homeowners. Includes an interactive mapping tool of ACP/HLB occurrence, management strategies and cost analysis. Developed by Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Dr. Matt Daugherty, Dr. Karen Jetter, and Robert Johnson
UC IPM Weed Photo Gallery
The UC IPM Weed Photo Gallery includes many, but not all, weed species commonly found in California farms and landscapes.
Search by CATEGORY or skip to a LIST OF ALL WEEDS.
The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns: Identification key to weeds
This key includes the most common weeds found in California lawns. Other species may occur but are not of major importance in turf. Because flowering parts are often mowed and not seen in turf, this key was developed using vegetative characteristics. Identifying weed species is essential for choosing appropriate management practices.
- Click on illustrations that resemble your weed.
- Work through the key until you get to a summary page of your weed.
- Link to Pest Notes from many summary pages to see specific management practices.
Identification tips :
Already know your weed problem? Go directly to your species:
Weeds in key
UC IPM: Agricultural Pests
Information about managing pests, indexed by crop, including University of California's official guidelines for monitoring pests and using pesticides and nonpesticide alternatives for managing insect, mite, nematode, weed, and disease pests.
UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines - Agricultural Pest Management
The UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for managing pests of agricultural crops, floriculture and ornamental nurseries, and commercial turfgrass are peer-reviewed scientific publications. Pest Management Guidelines for these crops are available to view online and in a downloadable PDF version.
UC IPM Natural Environment Pests
Insects, diseases, and invasive weeds threaten California's natural environments as well as homes, gardens, and agriculture. This page contains links to articles, fact sheets, and other information prepared by UC scientists on topics related to pests in natural environments.
UC IPM Exotic & Invasive Pests
Links to articles, fact sheets, and other information prepared by UC scientists on topics related to exotic and invasive pests that threaten California.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): Carcass Transportation Regulations in the United States and Canada
The number one objective in the management of CWD is to prevent its spread into new areas. One theoretical mode of disease transmission is via infected carcasses. Therefore, in an effort to minimize the risk of disease spread, a number of states have adopted regulations affecting the transportation of hunter-harvested deer and elk.
Soil Conditioning IndexThe Soil Conditioning Index (SCI) predicts the consequences of cropping systems and tillage practices on soil organic matter in a field. Soil organic matter is a primary indicator of soil quality and carbon sequestration. A positive SCI indicates a cropping system that, if continued, is likely to result in increasing levels of soil organic matter. For more information see this NRCS PDF.
Find a Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCCs)
Managing the landscapes that provide our natural and cultural resources has become increasingly challenging. With the signing of Secretarial Order No. 3289
, the Department of the Interior launched the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) to better integrate science and management to address climate change and other landscape scale issues. By building a network that is holistic, collaborative, adaptive, and grounded in science, LCCs are working to ensure the sustainability of our economy, land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources.
The 22 LCCs collectively form a network of resource managers and scientists who share a common need for scientific information and interest in conservation. Each LCC brings together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations. Our partners work collaboratively to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify science gaps, and avoid duplication through conservation planning and design.
ANS Task Force Experts DirectoryThis database was designed to direct users to invasive species experts. It has been set up as a 2-tier system with the first tier accessible to the public. The public portion of the database will guide you to a state contact who acts as a filter for information and identifications. If they can’t answer your question, these state contacts have the ability to log in to the second tier experts.
Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year
This page provides a way for you to obtain a table of the times of sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, or the beginning and end of twilight, for any year between 1700 and 2100. You can obtain a table for any location worldwide. Important! Please read the Notes section.
Pollinator Conservation Resource Center
The Pollinator Conservation Resource Center, provides regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, information on what plants are best for pollinators by region, and a directory of native plant nurseries and seed dealers.
This resource center is a collaboration of the Xerces Society and Neal Williams at the University of California, Davis. Significant funding was provided by a grant from NESARE. Additional funding was provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Columbia Foundation, Turner Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, CS Fund, Wildwood Foundation, CERES/Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Organic Valley, Organic Farming Research Foundation, The White Pine Fund/The Hawksglen Foundation, and Xerces Society members.
ConserveLands.comConserveLands.com is the brainchild of Ed Trousil – a Routt County rancher, philanthropist and entrepreneur - that has learned that proper research prior to picking a land trust, engaging professionals, and if applicable, executing a conservation easement will lead to a more transparent relationship between the land owner and land trust that will endure the tests of time.
Ed’s experience working with numerous local, state, and federal agencies, land trusts, conservation organizations, appraisers, attorneys - and other landowners - led him to establish a website that fosters informed land stewardship in Colorado.
Ed engaged a host of advisors, including land planning firm Plan Tools LLC and land conservation consultant Conservation Partners Inc. to assist in creating this website. While this website has a Colorado orientation and focus, a fair amount of the content is also relevant to landowners outside of Colorado.
Surf Your Watershed- U.S. EPA
We all live in a watershed — the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. Working together using a watershed approach will help protect our nation's water resources. Find more information about your watershed using this link.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State and Regional Contacts
Click on your state to get contacts, links, and NPDES permit program authorization status for your state. Click on your EPA region number to get EPA regional contacts, regional and state links, and authorization status information for all states in your region. Below the map are text links to obtain the same state and regional information.
Wellowner.orgA modern water well is an expertly engineered and constructed method of delivering groundwater for drinking, irrigation, and other purposes. And Wellowner.org is your one-stop resource for information relating to private water well systems and groundwater. Learn how to protect this precious resource and safeguard your family’s health through properly constructed and maintained water well systems. This website provides information on Well Water Basics, Maintenance, Water Quality, Ground Water and lists Contractors in your area! Click here for more.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds, Bird Guide
Search for a bird by entering name, description and keywords. Browse taxonomy or by name and shape.
CSA ToolboxCSAtoolbox.com owner, David Haynes, started assisting the largest CSA in Utah in 2006. He worked to effectively manage and communicate with their ever growing customer base. With this knowledge he has learned what the farmer needs. That is why he has put together CSAtoolbox.com. It has a vast array of tools designed specifically for the CSA farmer.
With the tools offered on this site you can communicate easily with your customers, quickly do your paperwork and handle your billing, take payments and contact only those members you want to notify. This will help you cut down on the time spent in the office allowing you to do what you enjoy, farming. We have tips and ideas that will help you to increase your income with the crops you are already growing.
This Toolbox is excellent for medium to large CSA farmers. You don't even need a web site to use this service. You can also link your website directly to the Toolbox if you desier. If you don't have a website but want one we can help there, too.
We have everything you need to eliminate many of the spring time paper work. We are here to help you, the farmer, get the most out of your hard work.
For more information or to sign up, go to our website or contact David Haynes: 801-548-4884 or David@CSAtoolbox.com.
Conservation Lands Network Explorer The Bay Area Open Space Council is committed to making the Conservation Lands Network accessible to all users regardless of their GIS skill level. The Conservation Lands Network Explorer allows users to draw the boundary of a property or area of interest, explore the natural resources that may be present, and evaluate how it fits within the Conservation Lands Network. Users can access numerous datasets compiled or developed by the Conservation Lands Network including vegetation types, rarity rankings, protected lands, streams, topography and the Conservation Lands Network. In addition to viewing the data, when users use the pencil tool to draw a custom area, a brief report displaying information from key datasets is instantly displayed under the Area Info box. Users can generate a more detailed Biodiversity Portfolio Report can be generated that provides additional information on the biodiversity value of a chosen area. Click here to explore!
The Climate CorporationThe Climate Corporation offers insurance and land consulting by means of a sophisticated computer modeling system. The Climate Corporation has developed protection against a variety of weather perils that can have an impact on crop yield, including precipitation, heat, drought, and freeze through a system that assesses risk and determines crop insurance premiums using historic, simulated and forecasted climate and weather data. Click here to learn more!
North American Forest Commission Exotic Forest Pest Information System (NAFC-ExFor)The goal of ExFor is to produce a database that provides information on exotic insects, mites and pathogenic organisms with potential to cause significant damage to North American forest resources. The database contains valuable background information on each pest, and serves as a resource for regulatory and forest protection agencies in North America. Guidelines can be accessed here.
In addition, ExFor includes the relative importance of each pest, based on four basic criteria. In order for an organism to be a pest following introduction to a new area, it must have:
ExFor is a joint project of the member organizations of the Insect and Disease Study Group of the North American Forest Commission (NAFC). These organizations include the Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, SEMARNAT (Sanidad Forestal, Mexico), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
- potential to become established,
- potential to spread within North America following introduction,
- potential to cause economic damage and/or
- potential to cause environmental harm.
Forest Threat Summary ViewerThe Forest Threat Summary Viewer provides images, distribution maps, web links, extension and state contact information, and brief and detailed descriptions about specific forest threats in the eastern United States. The viewer is a user-friendly, Web-based tool searchable by forest threat (e.g., hemlock woolly adelgid) or by State. Threats are categorized by today’s familiar forest concerns, including invasive plants, insects and diseases, loss of open space, climate change, and wildland fire. This initial version of the multi-phased tool will be continually updated with environmental threats as well as additional search features.
Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World
The Bugwood Network announces the availability of Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of The World www.barkbeetles.org. This website features over 4,000 images and information on over 400 species of economically important beetles that feed on the cambium layer or wood of living or recently killed trees and shrubs.
Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of The World is a complete rework of the former Bark Beetles of North America website. We believe this will make it easier for users to find images and information about a wide array of bark and wood boring beetles.
We chose to implement the "NEW Taxonomy" (e.g. The Scolytidae is now Subfamily: Scolytinae within Family: Curculionidae) with the release of the site. We also chose not to provide an exhaustive list of links, rather, we chose to provide pathways to a selected set of comprehensive sites and let the users navigate from there.
Southern Plains Wind & Wildlife Planner
The Colorado Renewables and Conservation Collaborative (CRCC) is an informal group of representatives from the renewable energy industry and the conservation community whose common purpose is to constructively and proactively address conservation concerns related to renewable energy development in Colorado. The CRCC developed a science-based site selection and mitigation framework that describes avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation actions appropriate to a range of environmental impacts that have a nexus with wind energy development. Use the Southern Plains Wind & Wildlife Planner to find the priority issues that may impact a wind farm location and download applicable shapefiles and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Best Tree Finder
The Arbor Day Foundation has created a tool that helps you find the best tree for your area. Just answer a few quick questions as to what you are looking for and the environment that you are in and the Tree-Finder will give you a list of suggested species. Click here.
BEACON 2.0 - Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the BEach Advisory and Closing Online Notification (BEACON) system to meet the Agency's requirement to provide to the public a database of pollution occurrences for coastal recreation waters. BEACON, contains state-reported beach monitoring and notification data. EPA recently updated BEACON to include several enhancements and has named the new system BEACON 2.0.
Current Conditions for Arkansas: Water Quality
Water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes from USGS.
USGS Current Water Data for Arkansas
Real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas. Current data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. Data from current sites are relayed to USGS offices via satellite, telephone, and/or radio telemetry and are available for viewing within minutes of arrival.
University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) helps residents, growers, land managers, community leaders, and other professional pest managers prevent and solve pest problems with the least unintended impacts on people and their surroundings.
The program draws on expertise of University of California scientists to develop and distribute UC's best information on managing pests using safe and effective techniques and strategies that protect people and the environment. These techniques and strategies are the basis of integrated pest management, or IPM.
UC IPM works through Cooperative Extension to deliver information to clients in every California county. Web and printed publications provide a wealth of how-to information about identifying and managing pests, and the program also provides online training courses.
California Wildlife Habitat Relationships
California Wildlife Habitat Relationships (CWHR) is a state-of-the-art information system for California's wildlife. CWHR contains life history, geographic range, habitat relationships, and management information on 694 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals known to occur in the state. CWHR products are available to anyone interested in understanding, conserving, and managing California's wildlife.
California Invasive Plant Inventory Database
The California Invasive Plant Inventory categorizes non-native invasive plants that threaten the state's wildlands. Categorization is based on an assessment of the ecological impacts of each plant. The Inventory represents the best available knowledge of invasive plant experts in the state.
Information on how plants were listed and how the Inventory compares to other risk assessments and lists can be found here. Information about the Cal-IPC ratings can be found here.
California Aquatic Non-Native Species Database (CANOD)
CANOD (California Aquatic Non-native Organism Database) was developed to record baseline information about marine and estuarine non-native species on the California Coast. CANOD is a tool to help monitor new introductions and to understand the patterns associated with those introductions.
CANOD contains the name and location of every known non-native species on the California coast. The database includes information about the vector of introduction (e.g. ballast water, hull fouling, etc.), date of introduction, locations observed, and native region of each species (see User Manual). CANOD is continuously being refined as more surveys for non-native aquatic species are completed. CANOD is a dynamic database, so users should ensure that they have the most current copy of the database before making use of the data. For additional information about CANOD contact Karen Bigham firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Watchable Wildlife
The California Watchable Wildlife Project celebrates the state's wildlife and diverse habitats by acknowledging and elevating the value of wildlife viewing to benefit individuals, families, communities, and industries while fostering awareness and support for conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats. The "Where to Watch" tool locates a viewing site, or wildlife by species of interest (amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, or reptiles).
Vermont Natural Resources Atlas
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VANR) created the Natural Resources Atlas to provide geographic information about environmental features and sites that VANR manages, monitors, permits, or regulates.
In addition to standard map navigation tools, this site allows you to link from sites to documents where available, generate reports, export search results, import data, search, measure, mark-up, query map features, and print PDF maps.
While it is described as a natural resources and environmental tool, this is a great tool for farmers to use to map soils as well as other features of use to farmers such as property boundaries, acreage and flooding hazards and much more!
It can look a little overwhelming at first, so here is "A Farmer's Guide to the Vermont Natural Resources Atlas - A Resource for Farm Mapping," (pdf 883 KB). This guide is courtesy of Mike Ghia (email@example.com), Vermont Field Agent for Land for Good.
California Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities - CDFW
Find your local wildlife rescue center.
Clean Water Iowa
Clean Water Iowa is a website designed to help farmers and urban residents take steps in reducing their impact on Iowa's water bodies. The website has information on how to reduce run-off from farms through best management practices. It’s part of the state’s voluntary approach to reducing nitrate and phosphorous levels in Iowa lakes and waterways. Click here to learn more!
Conservation Lands Inventory - Texas
The Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC), through its Conservation Lands Inventory, is using the power of geographic information to better understand the successes and needs of conservation throughout Texas and to educate the general public, land owners, and donors about the important work of land trusts in Texas. The project seeks to provide information that can benefit the entire land trust community, ensure high quality geographic data, provide statistics for public outreach and education, and help the land trust community to better use technology for more effective conservation.
The Conservation Lands Inventory provides data and visual information on all of the lands and conservation easements held by land trust organizations across the state. Texas Land Trusts have permanently protected over 1.5 million acres of land to date. The Inventory serves as a central repository for that information and is evolving to meet current and future needs.
2012 Water Quality Consumer Confidence Reports - Louisiana
EPA regulations require that all community water systems prepare and provide to their customers annual consumer confidence reports ("CCRs") on the quality of the water delivered by the systems. Although it is the responsibility and duty of individual water systems to prepare and disseminate CCRs, DHH prepares and posts on this website draft versions of CCRs reflecting DHH's understanding of what contents should be contained therein pursuant to 40 C.F.R. 141.153 et seq.. The draft CCRs posted on this website are prepared by DHH only as a starting point and accommodation to the water systems in the state. Individual water systems may dispute, amend, or delete provisions contained within the DHH-prepared drafts posted on this website. Accordingly, consumers and water customers should contact individual water systems to view the actual disseminated versions of the CCRs.
USGS Current Water Data for Louisiana
Daily Streamflow Conditions and Statewide Streamflow Table. Current data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. Data from current sites are relayed to USGS offices via satellite, telephone, and/or radio telemetry and are available for viewing within minutes of arrival.
Drinking Water Watch Database - State of Louisiana
The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health - Safe Drinking Water Program monitors the 1,403 public drinking water systems throughout Louisiana to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations so residents, visitors and tourists have access to safe, clean water.
Safe Drinking Water Program staff collect, analyze and review water system samples to ensure each system does not violate contaminant levels and is meeting monitoring, analytical and treatment technique requirements. This surveillance helps prevent waterborne disease outbreaks or chemical exposure associated with contaminated drinking water.
The program's Drinking Water Watch database shows all historical reports of public water systems in Louisiana. Drinking Water Watch contains all inventory, analytical, compliance and enforcement data. Through this database, you can access public records for these water systems at no cost.
Louisiana Plant Identification and Interactive Ecosystem Virtual Tours
This site is designed so that users can take virtual tours of the various ecosystems and natural sites. Within each tour, are links to more complete information on species present at that site. The links to individual species pages are also available in list form, and sorted alphabetically by scientific name, common name, and family with links back to each site in which they appear. A summary text-list of the virtual tour sites and their representative species may be helpful, as well as a list of sources used to compile the characteristics of each species. Additionally, the Wetland Plant Indicator List designation for each species, if it is know/determined is included. The site map page offers a complete overview and the various ways to access the information. To keep track of changes on the site as it is updated with new features, or new images, check "What's New" on the Sitelog page.
Louisiana Active Water Level Network - USGS Groundwater Watch
The USGS Groundwater Watch pages present groundwater level data from wells and discharge data from springs currently in a regular measurement program. Individual wells can be present in multiple networks. For instance, a well with real time instrumentation that is designed to monitor climate effects will be present in at least 3 networks: Real Time, Climate Response, and Active Water Levels. Springs are presented in their own network and incorporated into the Active Water Level network. Springs are not included in any other networks at this time. Click here for help page for this tool.
Invasive Species Interactive Maps for Louisiana
Maps show how invasive species have entered ("portals") and moved ("pathways") through Louisiana, and why the Bayou State is especially vulnerable to species invasions. Created by the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research through a generous grant from The Coypu Foundation of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2001.
Louisiana Recommended: Commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Louisiana.
Visit our Suppliers Directory to locate businesses that sell native plants or seeds or provide professional landscape or consulting services in this state. Visit the Organizations Directory to locate native plant societies, conservation groups, governmental agencies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-related organizations in this state.
Snakes of Louisiana
This web site is intended to provide information to the public concerning snakes native to Louisiana. Snakes are a fascinating part of Louisiana's natural heritage, but are also a source of much worry and fear among Louisiana residents and visitors. Most of Louisiana's snakes are harmless, and many are beneficial as predators of insects and rodents, as a source of income for reptile collectors, and as a necessary component of the food chain or "balance of nature." The fear of snakes in general, and particularly the venomous species, can be alleviated by understanding the behavior of snakes, and the limits of the threat they may pose to humans.
Virtual Field Guide - Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign
This Virtual Field Guide will let you explore Idaho's noxious weeds in two ways. You can either explore the Interactive Map of Idaho or simply visit the Noxious Weed List.
The "Interactive Map of Idaho" displays the 4 Idaho Weed regions; Northern Idaho, Treasure Valley, Magic Valley and Eastern Idaho. You can roll over and highlight each of these regions. Click on one and a new page will come up with another more detailed map showing just that region with all of the counties identified. A list of County Weed Superintendents is available.
The most interesting part of the maps identify specific locations where you can find 360 degree panorama views of a specific noxious weed. These panoramas are very high resolution and are interactive. In other words, you can move around in a circle and up and down and zoom in and out to examine details in the picture. All of the panoramas contain video sequences that further describe variables associated with the weed and the location. Photo galleries are also available on each panorama page.
The "Noxious Weed List" contains even more specific information about each of Idaho's noxious weeds. One major feature is a multimedia photo gallery that displays a variety of high resolution images that dissolve to new views of various stages of growth and other identifying features of the weed. The page for each weed also contains a link to the associated panoramas you can also find on the region maps. In addition, links to external web sites are identified and an additional link to a specific location in the Network Center Reference Library where even more information and links about each weed will accumulate over time.
Nontimber Forest Product Resources for Small Forestland Owners and Businesses
The purpose of this website is to provide information and tools to help advance commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) on small forestlands in the United States. For the purposes of this website, NTFPs are defined as all wild, wild-simulated, and cultivated native forest vegetation other than lumber and lumber industry by-products (e.g., industrial turpentine, plywood, sawdust, strand board).
Eco alerts by region - Texas
Invasive species are causing economic and environmental damage throughout Texas. Click on your ecoregion to find out about the threats in your area.
Invasives Database - Texas
Search our in-depth invasives database for information about invasive plants, observations of invasive species reported by citizen scientists or to map invasive species in Texas.
Native Seed Network
The Native Seed Network is a resource for both the restoration community and the native seed industry, providing powerful search tools and information on all aspects of native seed.
Use PastureScout and be confident you have secured the right lease, with the right person, at the right price.
We are proud to introduce PastureScout, an online network where those who own and use our nation's pasture and forage resources can list, find, and secure leases. Right now you can list and search for pasture or forage (hey and silage), just by becoming a PastureScout member (and it's FREE!). In the coming month, we will also introduce technology that allows landowners to accept bids for their lease. Visit our site, look around, search through our listings or create your own. Be a part of this innovative network aimed at helping land and livestock stewards!
Learn more here.
National Wetlands Database and Interactive Mapping Tool
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the most comprehensive and detailed U.S. wetland data set ever produced, capping a 35-year effort by the Service to map the extent of the nation’s wetlands. The Wetlands Inventory Mapper has digitally mapped and made publically available wetlands in the lower 48 states, Hawaii and dependent territories, as well as 35 % of Alaska. It is an invaluable aid to landowners, developers, government planners and permitting authorities, conservation organizations and academic institutions in their collective efforts to ensure wetland conservation and inform economic development. Click here to learn more!
Texas Forest Information Portal
Through Texas Forest Info, Texas A&M Forest Service provides landowners, managers, government officials, local community groups, and the public state-of-the-art access to information about trees and forest lands across the state.
Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact Summary Tool
Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact Summary Tool is an interactive tool to summarize estimated economic impacts of the forest sector in East Texas. The tool allows users to show economic impacts of a selected set of counties. In addition to providing values for each of the selected counties, totals are given for the entire selection. To use the tool go to Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact.
The Find an Arborist tool can help you locate an arborist in your area. The Verify a Credential tool enables you to confirm whether an arborist has an ISA credential.
The Snake River Field Station of the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center developed and now maintains this database of the spatial information needed to address management of sage-grouse and sagebrush steppe habitats in the western United States. This site is a portal for spatial data needed for research and management of sage-grouse and shrubsteppe systems. Click Here.
Sage-Grouse Local Working Group Locator
The Sage-grouse Local Working Group (LWG) Locator is a web-based, geographically-linked database that describes Local Working Groups and what types of projects and conservation efforts have been identified in their area. The LWG Locator provides a central resource for LWGs and interested stakeholders to facilitate greater connectivity and information exchange throughout the region. Click Here.
Density and Disturbance Calculation Tool
In Wyoming, landowners can use this tool to evaluate disturbance percentages, location, and number of disturbances of suitable sage-grouse habitat within the area affected by a project. The maximum disturbance allowed will be examined via a Density/Disturbance Calculation Tool (DDCT) process conducted by the Federal Land Management Agency on federal Land and the project proponent on non-federal (private, state) land. Click here.
Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database and Online Management System (WISDOM)
WISDOM is a user-friendly tool allowing any interested individual to discover, consider, and assess Wyoming’s wildlife resources and other natural resource data layers. This non-regulatory, landscape-level information allows a user to visually explore the distribution of important Wyoming wildlife habitat, identify wildlife migration corridors, potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data. WISDOM is intended to provide useful, landscape-level information during the early stages of project planning. WISDOM preserves private land ownerships confidentiality and sensitive records for certain species locations are generalized to the township level.
- All species and habitats in Wyoming’s Strategic Wildlife Action Plan
- Federally listed species
- Big game crucial ranges and generalized migration routes
- Sage grouse core areas
- Many other natural resources and land management data sources
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System (Compass)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System, or Compass, provides valuable information for making informed land use decisions related to Oregon’s fish and wildlife habitats, in particular when working with energy, transportation, conservation and other large-scale projects. This easy to use mapping tool will help conserve Oregon landscapes crucial to the health of fish and wildlife by providing easy access to spatial information on species, habitats and natural resources. The Compass Data and Resources webpages provide additional documentation and details on the ODFW crucial habitat layers, access to downloading ODFW datasets, and links to supplementary online resources, such as the Oregon Conservation Strategy.
Examples of data layers available through ODFW Compass include:
- Terrestrial and Aquatic Species of Concern
- Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
- Wetlands and Riparian Areas
- Freshwater Integrity
- Landscape Connectivity and Large Natural Areas
- ODFW datasets: Conservation Opportunity Areas, Sage-Grouse Core Areas, Fish Passage Barriers, and Big Game Winter Range
- Access to data provided by partner agencies such as real-time fire information and transportation data
Oregon crucial habitat layers and other ODFW datasets are available for download through the Compass Data Page.
Utah Conservation Data Center
An integral part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Conservation Data Center (UCDC) is the central repository for Utah biodiversity information. Although the UCDC focuses primarily on Utah's rare native species and other high-interest species (game animals and raptors, for example), information on all Utah vertebrate wildlife species, many invertebrate species, and numerous plant species is available.
Utah Conservation Data Center information is a collection of data from many sources. Major data contributors include the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, the United States National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Bureau of Land Management, Utah State University, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, the network of state/province Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers, The Nature Conservancy, NatureServe, various museums, and numerous individuals.
Fence Collision Risk Tool
The Fence Collision Risk Tool is a GIS map available to state wildlife agencies and NRCS field offices range-wide. The tool can be used to map out high-risk areas and plan fence marking and mitigation projects locally or across landscapes. The resulting maps are not directly available to the public because of the sensitivity of lek location data. However, whether you are a private landowner or public land manager, you can work with the NRCS to identify high-risk areas for your landscapes. The Fence Collision Risk Tool was produced using modeling that maps collision risk within 3 kilometers of known leks as a function of terrain ruggedness and distance to nearest lek across 10 western States. For more information read the NRCS publication Applying the Sage-Grouse Fence Collision Risk Tool to Reduce Bird Strikes (PDF)
Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer
The Wildfire Risk Explorer digital library aims to make information about Oregon's wildfire risks available to users. The portal was developed in response to the statewide Communities-At-Risk (CAR) Assessment completed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2005 and a need to support Community Wildfire Protection Planning. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) are developed by communities in areas at risk from wildfire.
Specific goals of the Wildfire Risk Explorer are to:
- Provide access to all the GIS data used to develop Oregon's 2005 Statewide Communities -At-Risk Assessment
- Enable users to produce reports on known wildfire risk for specific areas of interest
- Offer a place to organize, archive and access community wildfire protection plans in an existing digital repository (ScholarsArchive)\
The Wildfire Risk Explorer was developed for use by local citizens, community wildfire protection planners, community groups and wildfire agency staff to learn and make informed decisions about known wildfire risks in Oregon.
Sage Grouse Conservation Library
The Sage-Grouse Conservation Library, developed by the Public Lands Council (PLC) and Public Lands Endowment Trust, makes relevant information pertaining to sage grouse conservation available to the public lands grazing community. The scientific, legal, and policy resources collected here were selected to help introduce a balanced perspective and sound scientific information into the policy decisions and legal proceedings that are rapidly shaping sage grouse conservation efforts, and consequently, the management of millions of acres across western rangelands.
Pocket Guide to Sagebrush Birds
By: Melissa Pitkin and Laura Quattrini
Guide, created by staffs at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and at PRBO Conservation Science, describes 40 of the most common bird species in sagebrush habitats.
Pocket Guide to Sagebrush
By: Leila Shultz
Guide provides identifying characteristics and range maps for 18 species of sagebrush, encompassing 27 different kinds (including subspecies and hybrids).
Grasslands Beneficial Management Practices Tool
Commission for Environmental Cooperation tool with 100 beneficial management practices identified through a meta-analysis of publications, reports, and documents regarding grassland stewardship from ranchers, ranching associations, conservation organizations, government programs and academic institutions published between 1993 and 2013. Practices range from the use of effective rest periods after grazing to participation in apprenticeship programs, and all offer tangible strategies to sustain healthy grasslands, ranching communities and local economies. The beneficial management practices are organized into eight management categories:
2014 Farm Bill - Farm Program and Insurance Decision Aid
The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has released the preliminary version of its farm bill decision aid tool for farmers. The tool is now available online through the AFPC website, https://afpc.tamu.edu/models/decisionaid.php. Farmers are reminded that this is a preliminary version of the tool, and has not been finalized to incorporate the final rules, which are yet to be released by USDA-FSA. However, this initial version will integrate with the AFPC’s final version of the decision aid that will be done in coordination with the USDA. This fluid integration will keep farmers from having to enter their data into the decision tool a second time once it is finalized.
TrueHarvest is the first and only yield benchmarking service that uses objective, unique and accurate data to show your farm's full range of performance potential, down to a 150 square foot area we call a micro-field.
With TrueHarvest, you can compare your yields to the full range of performance for comparable land with comparable conditions at the portfolio, field, zone and micro-field levels. You will find that high yield doesn't necessarily mean peak performance and low yield doesn't necessarily mean poor performance.
These "Benchmarks" will help you make better decisions about where to invest - or not invest - resources to optimize yield and profitability on each and every field. Learn more about TrueHarvest here.
Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE)
Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) is a project of the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI), an ad hoc collaboration of universities, government agencies, industry, conservation organizations, certification systems, and landowners.
America’s family lands present our biggest conservation challenge. Nearly one million acres of our forests are being converted to development each year. Forty-one percent of the forest in the contiguous United States is owned by families, and it is the forest most at risk of being fragmented and converted for development. Decisions made by 10 million family forest owners collectively enhance or degrade the landscape. How they manage their forests and whether or not they convert them to other uses is of significant public interest. Reasonable estimates are that only 20-30% of them are being served by current programs aimed at conservation and sustainable forest management.
The goal of this multiyear project is to provide a practical set of tools to help conservation and forestry professionals reach more landowners with effective stewardship messages and develop programs that serve the needs and values of the landowners. Landowners and natural resource professionals have been intimately involved in all phases of the project. We strongly believe that our work must be useful to a wide array of organizations and agencies, and grounded in solid data about the landowners.
Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management (WISDOM)
The Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management (WISDOM) System is a user-friendly tool that will allow any interested individual to discover, consider, and assess Wyoming’s wildlife resources. WISDOM is an easily accessible web-based delivery system for providing a set of natural resource data layers. This non-regulatory, landscape-level information allows a user to visually explore the distribution of important Wyoming wildlife habitat, identify wildlife migration corridors, identify potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data.
Read excerpts from the following state's Wildlife Action Plans applicable to Private Landowners
For the following states, we have read through their complete wildlife action plans and have pulled out the information that is
directly applicable to private landowners. Click on the state's name below to link to a synopsis of thier plan.
California Wildlife Action Plan synopsis
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan synopsis
Maine Wildlife Action Plan synopsis
Mississippi Wildlife Action Plan synopsis
Nebraska Wildlife Action Plan synopsis
Texas Wildlife Action Plan synopsis
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