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California Natural Diversity Database

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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 ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 45.0   S: 33.0   E: -120.0   W: -126.0

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, California
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1854-05-01
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
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Biogeographic Data Branch, Department of Fish and Game, California
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 916-322-2493
Email: bdb at
Contact Address:
Department of Fish & Game
Biogeographic Data Branch
1807 13th Street, Suite 202
City: Sacramento
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95811
Country: USA
Phone: (916) 323-8970
Fax: (916) 324-0475
Email: rbittman at
Contact Address:
California Department of Fish and Game
Department of Fish and Game
1807-13th Street, Suite 202
City: Sacramento
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95811
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-07-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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