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
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.
EDDMapS - Early Detection and Distribution Mapping SystemEDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. It is fast, easy to use and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species.
EDDMapS goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. As of May 2013, EDDMapS has over 1.9 million records.
EDDMapS combines data from other databases and organizations as well as volunteer observations to create a national network of invasive species distribution data that is shared with educators, land managers, conservation biologists, and beyond. This data will become the foundation for a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world.
Why do we care?
The biological pollution caused by invasive species is extremely challenging, because even if we never import another non-native species, the ones already invading our native ecosystems will continue to grow and spread. We must actively seek solutions to control or eradicate the species which are problems already or have the potential to become problems.
How does it work?
EDDMapS documents the presence of invasive species. A simple, interactive Web interface engages participants to submit their observations or view results through interactive queries into the EDDMapS database. EDDMapS encourages users to participate by providing Internet tools that maintain their personal records and enable them to visualize data with interactive maps.
Users simply enter information from their observations into the standardized on-line data form, which allows specific information about the infestation and images to be added. Data entered is immediately loaded to the Website, allowing real time tracking of species. Being able to see the current data of a species as it moves into a new area helps to facilitate Early Detection and Rapid Response programs (EDRR). EDRR programs help stop or control an invasive species before it becomes an unmanageable problem.
All data is reviewed by state verifiers to ensure all data is accurate. The data is made freely available to scientists, researchers, land managers, land owners, educators, conservationists, ecologists, farmers, foresters, state and national parks.
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
Invasive Plant Atlas of the Mid-South (IPAMS)The Invasive Plant Atlas of the Mid-South (IPAMS) is an integrated research and extension project to develop an invasive plant program for the Mid-South states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Research activities include conducting systematic regional vegetation surveys to assess the distribution of key invasive plants, developing models for predicting the occurrence of target species based on land use and cover, and evaluating the relative effectiveness of professional versus volunteer surveys.
(Geosystems Research Institute. 2013. The Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (http://www.gri.msstate.edu/ipams, 05 May 2013). Geosystems Research Institute, Mississippi State University, MS State, MS 39762 USA.)
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England's (IPANE) mission is to create a comprehensive web-accessible database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England that will be continually updated by a network of professionals and trained volunteers. The database will facilitate education and research that will lead to a greater understanding of invasive plant ecology and support informed conservation management. An important focus of the project is the early detection of, and rapid response to, new invasions.
National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) Pest Tracker
This website publishes survey maps for pests of agricultural and forest commodities and provides links to pest news and information. The National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) stores and manages pest survey data that is collected by CAPS (Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey) and other PPQ (Plant Protection and Quarantine) survey programs. Detection surveys are one tool used to manage the introduction of exotic pests.
Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a product of the U.S. Geological Survey's Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Program. BISON is an information system that allows users to access, explore, and download U.S. species occurrence data from participating data providers.
Researchers collect species occurrence data, records of an organism at a particular time in a particular place, as a primary or ancillary function of many biological field investigations. Presently, these data reside in numerous distributed systems and formats (including publications) and are consequently not being used to their full potential. As a step toward addressing this challenge, the Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS) program of the US Geological Survey (USGS) is developing Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), an integrated and permanent resource for biological occurrence data from the United States.
BISON will leverage the accumulated human and infrastructural resources of the long-term USGS investment in research and information management and delivery.
CSAS is also the U.S. Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), an international, government-initiated and funded effort focused on making biodiversity data freely available for scientific research, conservation and sustainable development. CSAS, with its partners at Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), hosts a full mirror of the hundreds of millions of global records to which GBIF provides access. BISON has been initiated with the 110 million records GBIF makes available from the U.S. and is integrating millions more records from other sources each year.
National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC): Gateway to invasive species information covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.The National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) was established in 2005 at the National Agricultural Library to meet the information needs of users including the National Invasive Species Council (Council). NISIC creates and manages the www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov Web site. The Web site serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.
The Center grew out of NAL's leadership in the development of the Invasivespecies.gov Web site for the Council. In June 2000, Invasivespecies.gov was launched as a joint collaboration between NAL, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Biological Information Infrastructure, and the Council. The site began with less than 200 links to external resources. By June 2005 the Web site had more than 12,000 unique links. A major redesign was needed to enhance access to this growing wealth of resources.
A new Web site, www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov, managed by NISIC was launched in 2005 built largely on the general content from the original www.invasivespecies.gov Web site.
Invasivespecies.gov is managed by the staff of the National Invasive Species Council to meet the administrative, communication, and facilitation needs specifically related to the business and activity of the Council.
Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center(EFETAC)- Forest Threat Summary ViewerThe Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center was established as part of the USDA Forest Service's program under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and is part of a network of early warning activities established by the Forest Service nationwide.The mission of the Eastern Threat Center is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to public and private forests of the east, and to deliver this knowledge to managers in ways that are timely, useful, and user friendly. Center staff members are located in Asheville, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park, NC, and have regional, national, and international responsibilities.
The 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.
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!
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.
Current Conditions for Arkansas: Water Quality
Water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes from USGS.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Latitude and longitude decimal degrees preferred.
U.S Drought PortalDrought 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.
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.
Starting Your Forest Management PlanThe University of California Cooperative Extension created a website with all the information you need to start a forest management plan. This step by step guide contains information on how to create a forest management plan, how to contact a professional forester, and a wide variety of information on different tools you can use to keep your forest healthy for generations to come. Click here.
COMET-FARM™ is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. Once complete, a report is generated comparing the carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions between your current management practices and future scenarios.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Invasive Plant Atlas of the United StatesThe Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States is a collaborative project between the National Park Service, the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The purpose of the Atlas is to assist users with identification, early detection, prevention, and management of invasive plants. The focus is on non-native invasive plant species impacting natural areas, excluding agricultural and other heavily developed and managed lands. Four main components are species information, images, distribution maps, and early detection reporting procedures.
National Agriculture Imagery ProgramThe National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental U.S. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition.
NAIP is administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) through the Aerial Photography Field Office in Salt Lake City. This "leaf-on" imagery is used as a base layer for GIS programs in FSA's County Service Centers, and is used to maintain the Common Land Unit (CLU) boundaries.
How can NAIP be used?
When is NAIP acquired?
NAIP projects are contracted each year based upon available funding and the FSA imagery acquisition cycle. Beginning in 2003, NAIP was acquired on a 5-year cycle. 2008 was a transition year, and a three-year cycle began in 2009. Click here >>
for an interactive status map of NAIP acquisitions from 2003 - 2011. Click here
for a map of 2011 acquisitions.
How can NAIP be accessed?
CCMs are available for free download through the USDA Geospatial Data Gateway, http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov/
. They can also be purchased through the APFO Customer Service Section; 801-844-2922, or email@example.com
For each state, the most recent year of NAIP Imagery DOQQs is available on an ArcGIS server. The state based services can be added into ArcGIS Desktop by adding http://gis.apfo.usda.gov/arcgis/services
to the Add ArcGIS Server connection.
For detailed instructions on accessing the NAIP state based image services in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 (and above) via APFO’s ArcGIS Server, click here
eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the best land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.
- Credible expertise
- Reliable answers based upon sound research
- Connections to the best minds in American universities
- Customized answers to your specific needs
- Trustworthy, field-tested data
- Dynamic, relevant and timely answers
eXtension is unlike any other search engine or information-based website. It's a space where university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide-ranging topics. Because it's available to students, researchers, clinicians, professors, as well as the general public, at any time from any Internet connection, eXtension helps solve real-life problems in real time.
eXtension Foundation: The eXtension Foundation is a non-profit entity that exists to support the work of eXtension. Learn more about how you can support or sponsor this work at our eXtension Foundation.
NatureServeNatureServe 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. Together we not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective 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. 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
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.
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).
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.
Pest Notes Library: Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf
Pest Notes are peer-reviewed scientific publications about specific pests or pest management topics, directed at California's home and landscape audiences.
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.
Find a Land Trust: LandScope AmericaLearn about the land trusts in your area (data courtesy of the Land Trust Alliance).
LandScope America is a new online resource for the land-protection community and the public. Developed in collaboration by NatureServe, the National Geographic Society, and many partner organizations, LandScope America is designed to increase the pace and effectiveness of conservation action and investment throughout the United States.
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.
Audubon LocationsFind an Audubon location: search by postal code or state for centers and sanctuaries, and local chapters.
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.
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.
County Extension Offices throughout the United StatesThrough its county agents, the Cooperative Extension Service gives individuals access to the resources at land-grant universities across the nation. These universities are centers for research in many subjects, including entomology (the study of insects) and agriculture. Each county within the United States has an Extension office, which is staffed with agents who work closely with university-based Extension specialists to deliver answers to your questions about gardening, agriculture, and pest control. You can find the phone number for your local county extension office in the local government section (often marked with blue pages) of your telephone directory or by clicking here.
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
Report a Pest or Disease to Your Local APHIS Office
To report a plant or animal pest or disease, or ask a question related to animal and plant health or regulations, click here for APHIS' local contact information in your State.
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.
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.
California Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities - CDFW
Find your local wildlife rescue center.
Grazing CalculatorThis 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.
State Fact Sheets-USDA
State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the United States. Links to county-level data are included when available.
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 email@example.com for assistance.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Boundaries, State Offices & Centers
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.
Invaders of TexasInvaders 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.
Vermont Natural Resources AtlasThe 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vermont Field Agent for Land for Good.
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.
Louisiana Plant Identification and Interactive Ecosystem Virtual ToursThis 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.
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.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) State DirectoryThe National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.
NACD's mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snakes of LouisianaThis 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.
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!
Clean Water IowaClean 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!
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.
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!
goCropThe goCrop web and mobile app allows farmers to manage manure and fertilizer applications, coordinate harvests and check weather and real-time agricultural markets. This paperless tools keeps farming focused without the need for little scrap pieces of paper farmers use to write down information. The app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Learn more.
Drinking Water Watch Database - State of LouisianaThe 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.
2012 Water Quality Consumer Confidence Reports - LouisianaEPA 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.
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.
Forest* A *Syst
Forest*A*Syst is a self-assessment guide, designed for a national audience, with the goals of helping new forest landowners articulate their objectives in a written management plan and foster a working relationship with a resource professional who can provide them with technical assistance. The national document was intended to serve as a protocol for state forestry agencies to follow as they developed their own state-specific Forest*A*Syst document and programming. Only a few states adopted the concept and produced their own printed version of Forest*A*Syst.
Profile Your Land
- Click here to access aerial photos, soil maps, forest cover types and ecoregion information for your property.
Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database
State by state listing of lenders who are known to offer EEMs compiled by Mortgageloan.com.
Recommended Reading List
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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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What is Cooperative Conservation America?
CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories,
lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists
from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common
pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices a cumulative and evolving
database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based
conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners,
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