California Natural Diversity DatabaseEntry ID: CDFG_CNDDB
Abstract: The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a "natural heritage program" and is part of a nationwide network of similar programs overseen by NatureServe (formerly part of The Nature Conservancy). All natural heritage programs provide location and natural history information on special status plants, animals, and natural communities to the public, other agencies, and conservation ... organizations. The data help drive conservation decisions, aid in the environmental review of projects and land use changes, and provide baseline data helpful in recovering endangered species and for research projects.
The goal of the CNDDB is to provide the most current information available on the state's most imperiled elements of natural diversity and to provide tools to analyze these data. For more detailed information on the CNDDB, read this article from Fremontia, a publication of the California Native Plant Society. The CNDDB concentrates its work on areas with active NCCP/HCPs, and high priority areas identified by DFG and other biologists. For example, this map shows which counties received the most attention from CNDDB staff in 2010.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Biogeographic Data Branch, Department of Fish and Game, California
Dataset Title: California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB)
Dataset Release Place: Sacramento, CaliforniaOnline Resource: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/
Start Date: 1854-05-01
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS
BIOSPHERE > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PROTISTS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > BACTERIA/ARCHAEA
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > FUNGI
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PLANTS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > VIRUSES
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
ISO Topic Category
Quality We work very hard to keep the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) and the Spotted Owl Database as current and up-to-date as possible given our capabilities and resources. However, we cannot and do not portray the CNDDB as an exhaustive and comprehensive inventory of all rare species and natural communities statewide. Field verification for the presence or absence of sensitive species will always be an important obligation of our customers. Likewise, your contribution of data to the CNDDB is equally important to the maintenance of the CNDDB. Whenever possible, we request that data be submitted using our online field survey form along with a map with the rare populations or stands indicated.
Access Constraints Limited to subscribers.
Use Constraints A CNDDB subscription, now at $600 (and $400 to resubscribe annually) for all clients, includes the RareFind application, all of the digital GIS data, and password-protected access to the BIOS Data Viewer. Clients can either use RareFind alone, or link it with GIS software such as ArcGIS, ArcView, etc., for greater flexibility. All uses of data from the CNDDB are subject to the terms and conditions contained in the License Agreement available at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/pdfs/CNDDB_LicenseAgreement.pdf.
Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (916) 323-8970
Fax: (916) 324-0475
Email: rbittman at dfg.ca.gov
California Department of Fish and Game Department of Fish and Game 1807-13th Street, Suite 202
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95811
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Global Change Master Directory
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-07-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-10-12