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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Florida Nature GIS Resources

The Nature Conservancy owns and manages more than 49,000 acres in Florida. The Conservancy is working to protect lands and waters at a large scale in 11 regions across Florida.

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is the primary source for information on Florida's conservation lands. The Inventory database includes boundaries and statistics for more than 1,600 federal, state, local, and private managed areas, all provided directly by the managing agencies. National parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, local and private preserves are examples of the managed areas included. The managed areas shapefile is updated quarterly.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Spatial Data Sets. The data sets listed below are for larger scale data (1:24:000 up to 1:500,000) for the state of Florida. Data created by or maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is shown in the first table with links to the metadata and data where possible. Data from other agencies is shown in the second table, also with direct links.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida Vegetation and Land Cover - 2003.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Fish & Wildlife Research Institute.

The USGS South Florida Information Access - Data Exchange (Ecosystem History of South Florida Estuaries Data).