represents a network of member programs comprising 75
independent centers for the collection of data about the plants, animals, and
ecological communities of the Western Hemisphere. NatureServe works with an
international network of member programs comprising natural heritage programs and
conservation data centers in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Latin America.
NatureServe and its member programs not only collect and manage detailed local
information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but analyze and distribute it to
help meet local, national, and global conservation needs.