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Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. The CFT is an online, farm-level greenhouse gas emissions calculator based on empirical research from a broad range of published data sets. It is designed to be intuitive and easy to complete based on information that a farmer will have readily available. Click here to go to the Cool Farm Tool


AgProfit™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions when implementing technologies to a specific crop or analyzing cropping systems. AgProfit™ estimates machinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility when implementing a particular technology, making minor changes to returns or input costs, or comparing cropping systems.

AgProfit™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

View the AgProfit™ presentation


The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert,

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.


AgLease™ is a computer program designed to assist growers and landowners establish equitable crop share and cash rent lease agreements. With AgLease™ you can easily comprehend and evaluate the potential risks associated with annual and long-term leases, reevaluate current leases, or changing cropping systems. AgLease™ estimatesmachinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility for a crop share and cash rent lease.

AgLease™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.


The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert,

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

View the AgLease™ Presentation


AgFinance™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions on a whole farm and ranch basis. You can load scenario files from AgProfit™ and AgLease™ into AgFinance™ to analyze your farm’s financial ratios and performance measures, which include working liquidity, solvency, profitability, debt repayment capacity, and efficiency. You can change the number of units in each scenario and observe the financial effects of implementing technologies, adding value to your products, conservation practices, changing cropping systems or livestock enterprises, or leasing additional land.  Visit AgFinance™


The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert,

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.


AgPlan™ helps rural business owners develop a business plan. To use AgPlan you first need to register and setup a password to access your business plan.  Once you have registered, you can login to AgPlan using your email address and your password.
Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE.

  • Develop your own business plan
  • Learn what you need to include in your plan with Tips & Resources
  • View Sample business plans for ideas
  • Share your plan—print, download and work with your own Reviewers

AgPlan™ is brought to you by the Center for Farm Financial Management. Regents of the University of Minnesota


FieldScripts will be the first commercial product from Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems platform

FieldScripts integrates innovations in seed science, agronomy, data analysis, precision agriculture equipment and service to provide farmers with hybrid matches and a variable rate planting prescription to improve corn yield opportunity. FieldScripts will be the first offering from Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems research platform.

FieldScripts is planned to launch in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota in 2014. To support a successful launch, FieldScripts is currently in the Ground Breakers® on-farm trial program in those states. The purpose of the trials is to test the product in a real-world environment and to get feedback from farmers and dealers who are experiencing the technology first-hand.

FieldScripts will be offered via certified seed dealers.

Pioneer® Field360™

DuPont Pioneer is bringing the next generation of powerful Web-based field management tools to growers with the introduction of Pioneer® Field360™ Select software. This new subscription service combines field-by-field data with real-time agronomic and weather information to help growers make informed management decisions.  Login to Field360 Select.

"Pioneer Field360 Select software guides growers to better use the field data they have collected, currently and in prior years, to increase farm productivity and profitability," says Justin Heath, DuPont Pioneer new services manager.


LandVestLandVest, with offices throughout the Northeast, has become the premier advisor and problem solver for owners of unique properties. It provides professionals in real estate sales, consulting and appraisal, land planning, forestry services, graphics, advertising, business and finance. If you are considering selling or purchasing real estate, wish to protect your property, preserve it for the next generation, or learn more about timberland investing, click here!

Forestry Careers & Degrees: A Guide For Students

If you’re considering a career in the forestry profession, use this Forestry Career Guide to help you find a wealth of information about the forestry profession, including facts and data on employment prospects, educational requirements and options, and more.  Forestry and forestry-related jobs can be found in every sector of the employment market. And while the majority of employment opportunities exist with state and federal governments, there are also many jobs available with private businesses such as the timber industry.

Fire Science Online recently launched career and education guides focused on public service and safety careers including firefighting, law enforcement, forestry, and paramedics to name a few.  Each guide contains career and salary information, a school search tool, internships, scholarships, and other related educational information.

My Land Plan
Kirtland Warbler Image - Photo Credit - U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceMy Land Plan is a resource for woodland owners, by woodland owners to help you protect and enjoy your woods and is provided to you by the American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF works on behalf of family forest owners around the country who want to ensure their woods stay healthy for all the reasons why we love woods – wildlife, recreation, solitude, a place to enjoy with family and friends.

We know there is a lot of information available about woodland management from a variety of sources, but our hunch is that you have not found all that you are looking for in one single location. Until now!

Many of us at AFF own woodlands ourselves, and we built this website for woodland owners that are a lot like us – newbies to land ownership, legacy owners who inherited land, wildlife lovers, birders, and other recreational owners who value woods for all the fun activities woodland ownership provides.

My Land Plan will help you do right by your land.

My Land Plan offers a unique and specialized set of tools to help you find, store and use material that is especially tailored to your needs and goals. To access these tools, you will have to sign up for an account and give us some basic information about your woods, which will be stored in a confidential, password protected site.

Once you set up an MLP account, you will be able to:
  • Make a map of your land and mark special features such as trails, water bodies, good picnic spots or places where you're likely to see wildlife.
  • Set goals for your land--such as increasing wildlife or building trails--and see specific steps to accomplish them.
  • Access customized information about local government agencies, nonprofits and businesses that can help you with specific tasks and questions.
  • Keep a journal to record your experiences on your land in words and pictures. Share journal entries with your friends and family
  • Connect with other woodland owners who can offer you advice, ideas, inspiration and encouragement. Offer them the same in return.
The National Conservation Easement Database
The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is the first national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States. Voluntary and secure, the NCED respects landowner privacy and will not collect landowner names or sensitive information. This public-private partnership brings together national conservation groups, local and regional land trusts, and state and federal agencies around a common objective. The NCED provides a comprehensive picture of the estimated 40 million acres of privately-owned conservation easement lands, recognizing their contribution to America’s natural heritage, a vibrant economy, and healthy communities. Click here.
FracFocus: Chemical Disclosure Registry Looking for information on a well site near you? Use FracFocus to search for nearby well sites that have been hydraulically fractured to see what chemicals were used in the process. Click here. 
NRCS Energy Estimator Tools

Farmers and ranchers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and save money by using conservation practices in their agricultural operations. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed four energy tools designed to increase energy awareness in agriculture and to help farmers and ranchers identify where they can reduce their energy costs. The results generated by these tools are estimates based on NRCS models and are illustrative of the magnitude of savings. Learn More »

U.S. Drought Monitor

The National Drought Mitigation Center, in conjunction with the USDA, DOC, and NOAA, produce the national drought monitor. Click here to learn more.

Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide

Alternative Enterprise and Agrotourism resource evaluation guideThis guide is designed to assist farmers and ranchers in identifying alternative enterprises and agritourism opportunities on their farm or ranch. It  provides a basic understanding of how the interaction of soil, water, animals, plants, air, and human resources, and the conservation of them, provide opportunities for the development of alternative enterprises and agritourism. Changing to a new enterprise involves different production techniques, processing methods, and marketing activities. Click here.

This is an interactive web-based tool based on the NRCS publication Taking the First Step: Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide dated January 2004 on the NRCS website here It is a database driven application that allows users to collect and store the information for each farmer's and rancher's assessment of their natural, family, and community resources.

Land Link
Profile picture for CFRAThe Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons Nebraska has created Land Link, a program that connects new and retiring farmers and ranchers, to encourage land transitions and business succession that benefits everyone involved. This is a great way for new farmers to get onto land if they do not have much capital and there is no land in the family. Land Link benefits established landowners by allowing them to secure the future of their family farm or ranch, while mentoring young farmers and ranchers. Land Link also offers consulting services to facilitate farm transitions. Click Here. 
Columbia Land Conservancy's Farmer Landowner Match Program

The Cloumbia Land Conservancy offers the Farmer Landowner Match Program, which connects landowners seeking to have their land farmed with farmers seeking land. The farm operations involved with these matches include meat, vegetables, and crops. As of June 2012, CLC has had 25 successful matches, farming on over 1,000 acres of land.

Events and Conferences for Farmers
 Western Farm Press provides a list of events and conferences for farmers in the western states. Click here. 
Why should I use COMET-FARM?
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.
Farm Risk Management Options
Farm Risk Plans symbol with slogan, Helping farmers & ranchers find successs Explore your risk management options and access information and tools to help you to better understand areas in your operation where you might have downside risk exposure, and evaluate where you might have upside opportunities. Click here. 
Farmland Information Center (FIC)

The Farmland Information Center (FIC) is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust, which was authorized by the federal Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA). 

BioDiesel Retail Location Finder

Biodiesel is a clean-burning replacement for petroleum diesel that can be used in virtually any diesel engine without modification. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of domestically available, renewable sources including vegetable oil, biomass (such as wood chips) and animal fats. It acts like diesel fuel, but produces fewer harmful emissions, is biodegradable and nontoxic, and is safer to use the diesel fuel.
Find a biodiesel retail location in your area »

CropManage: University of California Cooperative Extension has created a new website for farmers that will help save money and protect the environment. CropManage contains a wealth of UC research allowing farmers to quickly calculate the precise fertilizer and water needs of their crops. This will optimize plant growth, minimize over fertilization that leads to groundwater contamination, and prevent over pumping of wells that leads to sea water intrusion into the aquifer. Create an Account here. 
Sustainable Farm Lease
The Sustainable Farm Lease website is a project of the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative, through Drake University.  It is intended to assist landowners and farmers develop farm lease arrangements that are profitable and sustainable for the landowner, the farmer, the community, and the land.
Tools to Manage Agriculture and Soil Resources
Environmental Health and Safety provides a list of freeware containing information and tools for helping farmers manage agricultural and soil resources. Some of the available tools include: 
Cool Farm Tool- a greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. 
DecAID- an advisory tool to help managers evaluate effects of forest conditions and existing or proposed management activities on organisms that use snags and down wood. Landscape Management System- assists in landscape level analysis and planning of forest ecosystems by automating the tasks of stand projection, graphical and tabular summarization, stand visualization, and landscape visualization.

To see all click here. 
Gridded Soil Survey Geographic Database (gSSURGO)
Geospatial Data Gateway MastheadThe gridded SSURGO (gSSURGO) dataset was created for use in national, regional, and statewide resource planning and analysis of soils data. The raster map layer data can be readily combined with other national, regional, and local raster layers, including the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Crop Data Layer (CDL), and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The gSSURGO Database is derived from the official Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) Database. SSURGO generally has the most detailed level of soil geographic data developed by the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) in accordance with NCSS mapping standards. Order Here. 
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC)
The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. The site works to provide unbiased, science-based marketing information for U.S. farmers and ranchers. There is information related to commodities and products, market and industry trends, business creation and operation, research results and value-added resources.

This site is an on-going project of the Iowa State University and partially funded by USDA Rural Development. Click here. 

National Agriculture Imagery Program
The 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?
NAIP is used by many non-FSA public and private sector customers for a wide variety of projects. A detailed study is available in the Qualitative and Quantitative Synopsis on NAIP Usage from 2004 -2008: Click here for a list of NAIP Information and Distribution Nodes.
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, They can also be purchased through the APFO Customer Service Section; 801-844-2922, or
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 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
USDA-NRCS Water Quality Index for Runoff from Agricultural Fields (WQI)
USDA-NRCS Water Quality Index for Runoff from Agricultural Fields (WQI) is currently being developed by the USDA/NRCS-WNTSC National Water Quality/Quantity Team in Portland, Oregon.
A Water Quality Index (WQI) is driven by a need to evaluate existing conservation practices.
 Purpose / Benefits include:
  • Comparative Assessment over time & space
  • No Substitute for Monitoring/Measurement
  • Evaluating Effect of Conservation Practices
  • Cost Effective and Easy to use
  • Flexible/site-specific adjustments possible
Driftwatch - a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats

Driftwatch™ is a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats in Nebraska. Managers of ecologically sensitive areas and owners of commercial fields and apiaries may register. The Driftwatch™ registry is intended for commercial sites that are at least a half-acre in Indiana Minnesota Michigan Illinois Wisconsin Montana Nebraska Colorado Missouri It is not intended for homeowners.

Driftwatch™ was designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments with input and support from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists.

The Driftwatch site is meant to help pesticide applicators, specialty crop growers, and stewards of at-risk habitats in Nebraska communicate more effectively to protect pesticide-sensitive areas. The DriftWatch map is designed to display sensitive commercial agricultural areas. Driftwatch is not intended to be a registry for homeowners or sites less than half an acre.

This site features an easy-to-use Google Maps™ interface that clearly shows applicators the locations of registered areas so they can take the appropriate precautions before they spray. It's important to remember that the lines on the maps are not property lines; they merely indicate approximate positions of sensitive lands submitted to us. Sensitive crop areas registered on this site include beehives, certified organic crops, fruits, grapes, nursery crops, pumpkins, melons, tomatoes, and vegetables.

The 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.
Fieldprint Calculator
The Fieldprint Calculator is a free online tool for growers to voluntarily and securely analyze how their management choices impact natural resources and operational efficiency. Field To Market has developed the Calculator as an easy way to find out how your current land use, energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil loss compare with state and national averages.


Annie's Project
Annie Project Homepage Annie's Project offers a variety of extension classes across the country that educate farm women on risk management. The classes empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Click here to see courses offered in your state.
Solar Water Pumping Worksheet
New Mexico State University College of Engineering Professor Tom Jenkins is developing tools to show New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers how they can use one of our state’s most plentiful resources, the sun, to access one of the most scarce, water. Click Here. 
Mix My Sprayer for iOS and Android

Clemson University developed Mix My Sprayer to aid with quick, accurate calculations of product mixes to be applied with spraying equipment. Users can create custom lists of favorite products by category. Simply add or select a product, insert values in each input box, and the app automatically calculates the amount of product to include in the user-defined mix size. Units for each input can be customized by tapping the unit buttons. Products are saved with the user settings last used.

This free mobile smartphone app is designed for  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. Click here to download.

Conservation Corridor Toolkit
Conservation CorridorLandscape corridors are among the most important conservation strategies in the face of global changes such as habitat fragmentation, habitat destruction, and climate change. We aim to bridge the science and practice of conservation corridors.  Conservation Corridor will provide up-to-date findings from science that will inform applied conservation.  And, we will highlight new innovations in applied conservation, with the goal of guiding the direction of applied science toward management needs. Click Here. 
Crop Insurance In America
Crop Insurance Keeps America Growing. Learn about crop insurance, how to find local crop insurance providers, news updates, and hear real stories from farmers. Click Here. 
National Young Farmers' Coalition
The National Young Farmers' Coalition represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success across the country. NYFC supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent, and prosperous farmers now and in the future through supporting independent family farms, sustainable farming pracices, affordable land for farmers, fair labor practices, farmer-to-farmer training, farmers of every gener, race and sexual orientaion, and cooperation and friendship between all farmers. Click Here.
The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns is a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. This is done by producing avant-garde programming, video, audio, web content, publications, events, and art projects that increase the odds for success and enhance the profile and social lives of America’s young farmers. Click Here.

National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in wh?ich all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future. Click here for conferences and conventions. Click here for degrees, grants, and scholarships.
Average Crop Revenue Election Payment Estimator
Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Payment Estimator is a tool designed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. ACRE uses a combination of state average yields, farm level yields and the national marketing year price to determine levels of revenue guarantees and payments for each covered commodity.
Agronomy Journal
Agronomy is a science and a practice that looks at agriculture from an integrated, holistic perspective. In agronomy, it’s important to understand the properties of the soil and how the soil interacts with the growing crop; what nutrients (fertilizers) the crop needs and when and how to apply these nutrients; the ways that crops grow and develop; how climate and other environmental factors affect the crop at all stages; and how best to control weeds, insects, fungi, and other crop pests.If that weren't enough, another huge consideration in agronomy is how to grow crops effectively and profitably while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.

Read current publications and  studies in the Agronomy Journal.  Click Here!
Farm and Dairy Agri-Book
Agribook Screen ShotFarm and Dairy Agri-Book contains a catalog of Agribusinesses as well as Regional, State, Local Listings of Agri-Bureaus, Agencies, Associations and Organizations (Government and Private Sectors). Click here. 
IRC Section 179 Calculator
The Section 179 DeductionThe Internal Revenue Code section 179 tax deduction allows for small and medium sized business owners to deduct the cost of new equipment. Use Crest Captial's online calculator to learn more!
Idaho OnePlan
Idaho OnePlan provides data and software to help growers develop a single conservation farm plan that can be pre-endorsed by the various agencies, streamlining and simplifying the regulatory process that farmers face. Click here. 
Food Access Research Atlas
Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii. The USDA's ERS Food Access Research Atlas maps food deserts, or areas where there is limited access to supermarkets, grocery stores, or other sources of healthy and affordable food. There are many ways to define which areas are considered "food deserts" and many ways to measure food store access for individuals and for neighborhoods. Most measures and definitions take into account at least some of the following indicators of access:
  • Accessibility to sources of healthy food, as measured by distance to a store or by the number of stores in an area.
  • Individual-level resources that may affect accessibility, such as family income or vehicle availability.
  • Neighborhood-level indicators of resources, such as the average income of the neighborhood and the availability of public transportation.  
In the Food Access Research Atlas, several options are available to describe food access along these dimensions. Click here.
Honey Bees and Colony Strength Evaluation Tool
The University of California Cooperative Extension offers a free online training course of standardized procedures for apiary inspectors to evaluate the strength of honey bee colonies is designed to benefit both growers and beekeepers. The course features nine training modules covering such topics as basic honey bee biology, hive inspection practices, and types and use of equipment for conducting the inspections. The modules vary in length. The longest runs for 21 minutes. Each includes a short quiz at the end with answers. The course also includes two sections for practicing skills learned in the course. One covers devaluating the brood area. The other shows how to evaluate bee coverage of frames. A cluster count skills practice section is coming soon. Click Here. 


Reviews: finding the right tax software for you
Reviews is a tool designed to help your find the right online tax software. Here you can compare different online tax tool features to find which software is right for you Click Here.
A Working Forest DVD

A Working Forest DVD video, produced by Robert R. Williams CF, RPF, explores the issues dealing with the world's working forests. 

Our world’s forests and forestry itself, are at a crossroads. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, it is essential the larger populous begin to understand the importance of the stewardship of our forest resources. In essence, the decisions being made with regard to protecting the world’s forest resources are not being made by trained forest ecologists, professional foresters or biologists. The future of forest resources is now in the hands of a global, political and social structure that has little understanding of forests and their critical importance to the world’s survival.

This issues dealing with the world’s forests are complex with no simple answers, yet our working forests are speaking to us every day, and we need to start listening.

Find Association of Consulting Foresters

Association of Consulting ForestersThe Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF)was founded in 1948 to advance the professionalism, ethics, and interests of professional foresters whose primary work was consulting to the public. The ACF is the only national association for consulting foresters. Currently, there are more than 675 members in 38 states and 1 Canadian province.

ACF members operate in corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships with 1 to 100+ employees. Many are general foresters while others have professional specialties within forestry. Clients include landowners, forest industries, investment & financial industries, attorneys, government agencies, bankers, trusts, Native American corporations, and many others. Many operate within their own localities, while others consult worldwide.

Find an ACF Forester

Starting Your Forest Management Plan
logoThe 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. 
Timber Prices

Looking for timber prices in your area? Wondering what mills are offering for delivered logs? Want to know what loggers are paying for stumpage? Use this page to find links and explanations of what free information is available for your state. Also included is contactimage map of United States with links to states where price information is available information for state authorities on timber prices, where available. If you're selling timber be sure and also check our general advice for selling timber.


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.
Get Up-to-Date Tax Information on Forestland and Timber Issues
The National Timber Tax website was developed to be used by timberland owners, as well as a reference source for accountants, attorneys, consulting foresters and other professionals who work with timberland owners by answering specific questions regarding the tax treatment of timber related activities. Click Here!

Other forestland and timber resouces include: hosted by the National Woodlot Owners Association, which provides a current list of tax preparers with training in timber tax issues. sponsored by the American Resources Group, Inc., Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the National Forestry Association and National Woodland Owners Association. provides you direct access to the U.S. Forest Service's list of Financial Incentive Programs for Non-Industrial Private Forest Owners. This data is provided by the Forest Service's Southern Research Station Forest Economics and Policy site.

Forest Products Laboratory TMU
The Technology Management Unit (TMU) is a part of the US Forest Service that provides a broad scope of expertise in wood products utilization, marketing, technology transfer, and technical assistance. In promoting the efficient, sustainable use of wood, the TMU assists private businesses, local governments, and rural communities by transferring wood-based technologies developed by the FPL, other Forest Service research stations, universities, and other Federal laboratories. Technical assistance efforts include publications, technical assistance visits, conferences, workshops, meetings, as well as individual consultations. The TMU manages and awards over $5 million each year in grants dedicated to helping improve the utilization of woody biomass removed from forest restoration projects. Click Here.

Find National Forests and Grasslands

No National Forest System lands near here.

The National Forests and Grasslands provide the greatest diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities in the world, connecting you with nature in an unmatched variety of settings and activities. You hike, bike, ride horses and drive off-highway vehicles. You picnic, camp, hunt, fish, and navigate waterways. You view wildlife and scenery, and explore historic places. You glide though powder at world class alpine resorts and challenge yourselves on primitive cross-country ski or snowmobile routes.
Don’t Move Firewood
Trees are being destroyed through the transportation of invasive insects & diseases in firewood. One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood. It’s really that simple- don't move firewood, and keep trees healthy and alive. Forests are great places to play, but they also keep our air clean and our water pure. We must protect them by not moving firewood, so our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can enjoy these amazing places like we do.

The Don't Move Firewood campaign is managed on a day-to-day basis by The Nature Conservancy's Forest Health Protection Program staff. Don't Move Firewood as a whole was begun, and is advised, by the Continental Dialogue on Non-native Insects and Diseases. To learn more, visit our About Us page. To see how we are funded, visit our Funding page. Visit for more information.
Track the threat of Hungry Pests.
Help keep Hungry Pests from spreading. Know the threats in your area.   Use the Pest Tracker map to see where invasive species have been identified and what areas in the United States are at greatest risk.  This interactive map is a joint effort of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and state and county agencies throughout the country. The Pest Tracker is updated frequently and provides an easy to use overview of the latest local invasive species spread information. You can also use the map to find state-specific contact information to report a pest.  You'll find county-level views as well as maps for all 50 states.
Find a National Forest in the South

Map of the Southern Region (Region 8)The Southern Region covers thirteen states--a vast area stretching from Texas on the western side, Virginia on the north, and down to Puerto Rico on the south. You'll find a wide variety of forest environments, including the only tropical forest (El Yunque) in the agency. Find a forest nearest you!

Project Noah
Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
Portland State University - Catalog of Aquatic Invasive Species Education/Outreach Materials
Education on invasive species identification, impacts and management is critical to effective prevention efforts. While outreach materials come in many forms, the most common products are brochures, signs, handouts and other graphics aimed at specific audiences or advancing specific messages. An inventory such as this is necessary to avoid duplication of effort, to enhance exchange of readily available information, and to help educators, managers and outreach personnel evaluate gaps in existing outreach efforts.
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This searchable inventory of AIS outreach materials is available to all users and has a dynamic web interface that allows registered users to input their own education and outreach materials as well as having a peer review and ratings system for material evaluation to help maintain a high standard for submissions. New users may wish to browse through the system before using the search features to get a better idea of the types of materials available. Organizations that have developed outreach tools that are available for distribution are encouraged to register and use the dynamic interface to upload a record of their own materials. Please see our FAQ section for more information on who should upload records and what information we need to validate your material(s).
In addition to the inventory of materials we are in the process of developing an image gallery where AIS images available for non-commercial use can be downloaded for use in the development of new materials (this will reduce image fatigue - i.e. seeing the same photo over and over again in every brochure). If you have images that you would like to share for non-commercial use in education and outreach materials you are encouraged to upload these to the catalog as well. We are still in the process of developing a non-commerical usage waiver so downloading posted images is not currently an option but you may contact the person who uploaded the image directly to work out a fair usage agreement.
This catalog has been made possible with funding from the Western Regional Panel and Portland State University. The inventory is managed by the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State. Please send any questions or comments to
Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinators
Zebra mussels are profilic breeders and can live for several days out of water. Photo: Dennis Clay, USGSThrough the Service’s AIS Program, one AIS Coordinator is funded in each Service Region. This dedicated group of people works closely with state invasive species coordinators, non-governmental groups, private landowners and many others in their day-to-day activities. Find the Regional AIS Coordinator responsible for your state.

One of the premier activities that the AIS coordinators have worked on with public and private entities is the 100th Meridian Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by boats personal watercraft and other pathways. Boat inspections and assessments are conducted across the states west of the 100th Meridian. Through inspections and boaters assessments, partners can learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other AIS via transport of boats and personal watercraft. Often recreational users have unknowingly had their watercraft in zebra mussel-infested waters and haven’t washed it thoroughly enough to prevent a transfer of the small critters into an uninfested waterbody.

The AIS coordinators also organize cooperative sampling efforts with other Federal, State, and local agencies, universities, and public interest groups to track the distribution of AIS. AIS Coordinators author articles and provide interviews for national publications and news programs. They often attend boating and sportfishing shows, informing thousands of participants about the definition, biology, and impacts of AIS and what they can do to help prevent their spread.
On Pasture
On PastureOn Pasture translates research and experience into grazing practices that you can implement yourself. Topics include grazing management, pasture health, livestock, money matters and consider this. As well as a calendar of grazing events! 
GCPO LCC Conservation Planning Atlas
The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind. Three portals have been created for the LCC network:
  • the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC (GCPO LCC)
  • the South Atlantic LCC (SA LCC)
  • the Southeastern U.S.
Spatially explicit datasets, galleries, and maps are available in a hierarchical system:
  • GCPO LCC specific datasets
  • SA LCC specific datasets
  • Southeastern datasets
  • the entire Databasin archive
Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Additionally, you can upload your own data to your account to be used in conjunction with these datasets.
The CPA provides a platform for LCCs to create galleries to showcase a cohesive collection of spatial information and supporting documentation. Several galleries are being showcased at each portal.
The CPA also allows its users to create groups of members from several organizations who may have the same conservation goals. Within a group, you can perform analyses, upload data, and share information for other group members to use.
The CPA was created in an effort to fulfill the mission of the GCPO LCC: to create a shared vision for sustainable natural and cultural resources in the face of a changing climate and other threats, and to foster the achievement of that vision with evaluation and refinement over time.
Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center(EFETAC)- Forest Threat Summary Viewer
MaxPatch.pngThe 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.
Conservation Almanac
The Trust for Public Land has created the Conservation Almanac, which is a great resource for understanding the context of the conservation and conservation finance movements. Here you can see how much land has been protected in your state, which state and federal agencies have protected the land, the ratio of money spent to land conserved, and policies and programs that could help your state reach its conservation objectives.
State Fish and Wildlife Management Offices
Official Web page of the U S Fish and Wildlife ServiceThe US Fish and Wildlife Service works in partnership with many organizations and individuals. Fish and wildlife conservation requires coordinated efforts by the states and the territories, as well as private landowners, tribes, and other countries besides the Unites States. Use this link to find the state agencies that manage fish and wildlife resources.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Native Plant Database

Explore the wealth of native plants in North America. Use the options to search for 7,397 native plants by scientific or common name or choose a particular family of plants. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the combination search or Recommended Species lists. If you are looking for non-native or introduced species, visit the USDA Plants Database.
The USA National Phenology Network
The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) monitors the influence of climate on the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes. We do this by encouraging people to observe phenological events like leaf out, flowering, migrations, and egg laying, and by providing a place for people to enter, store, and share their observations. We also work with researchers to develop tools and techniques to use these observations to support a wide range of decisions made routinely by citizens, managers, scientists, and others, including decisions related to allergies, wildfires, water, and conservation.
USDA LogoThe PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.
PLANTS is a collaborative effort of the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Team (NPDT), the USDA NRCS Information Technology Center (ITC), The USDA National Information Technology Center (NITC), and many other partners. Much of the PLANTS data and design is developed at NPDT, and the Web application is programmed at ITC and NITC and served through the USDA Web Farm. Here’s more information about who does what on the PLANTS Team, our Partners, and our Data Contributors.
  • How to cite the PLANTS Database.
  • Learn more about the data at PLANTS.
  • See additional PLANTS Documentation.
  • Other questions are answered at the PLANTS FAQs.
Need more information? Please check our PLANTS Help topics.

(USDA, NRCS. 2013. The PLANTS Database (, 27 April 2013). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.)
Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
The 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.
Invasive Plant Atlas of the Mid-South (IPAMS) 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 (, 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.

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.
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 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 Web site for the Council. In June 2000, 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,, managed by NISIC was launched in 2005 built largely on the general content from the original Web site. 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.

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.
EDDMapS - Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System
EDDMapS 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.
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 Estuarine and Marine Exotic Species Information System (NEMESIS)
National Estuarine and Marine Exotic Species Information System (NEMESIS), developed by the Marine Invasions Research Laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, provides comprehensive information on approximately 500 introduced marine and estuarine species of invertebrates and algae with established populations in the continental United States. Introductions occur when species are moved beyond their historical geographic range by human activities. Marine and estuarine species have been moved around the world for nearly as long as people have moved around the world. For example, there is evidence that the marine snail Littorina littorea was brought to the northern tip of Newfoundland, Canada with Viking explorers long before European settlement. As trade and colonization increased so did the number of species introductions. Many of the early introductions were a result of hull fouling, dry ballast (rocks and dirt used to weight sailing vessels), intentional introductions to create new fisheries, and unintentional introductions associated with the seafood trade. Overtime, the amount of intentional introductions decreased and dry ballast changed to water ballast as we moved from wooden ships to metal ships. Today shipping and unintentional introductions associated with trade are the primary means of introduction for marine species. Introduced species have fundamentally changed the structure and function of some ecosystems around the world and impact many dimensions of human society. Due to increased trade and globalization the rates and impacts of new invasions appear to have increased dramatically in recent time.

NEMESIS is a complex, yet easy to use, database that provides information at multiple scales of detail. Designed for a diverse audience, from researchers and resource managers to students and the public, NEMESIS is a portal for access to general or specific information on introduced marine species in the United States, including:
  • Photographic images and descriptions;
  • Information on the biology, ecology, and effects (impacts);
  • Global distribution maps of native and introduced range;
  • Mechanisms (vectors) of introduction;
  • History of introduction and spread;
  • References to available literature for the species and invasion information.
In addition to detailed information in NEMESIS, summary reports and graphics are currently available (and under rapid development) to examine more synthetic information, organized by geographic location or taxonomic groups of species. For example, a user can examine (a) the current number and identity of introduced species with established populations for a specific bay or biogeographic region, (b) the mechanism of introduction (or vector) and time of first record associated with a species in a particular taxonomic group or geographic location.
The creation of NEMESIS required years of research and literature review and remains an ongoing project. Records are updated as new species and new research are discovered. Because of the volume of records yet to be reviewed and finalized, we are rolling out the database one taxonomic group at a time, beginning here with tunicates and select crustaceans (crabs, crayfish, shrimp, and barnacles).

(Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, & Carlton JT. 2013. National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System. Date: 29-Apr -2013)
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Information Resource for the United States Geological Survey

logoLocated at the Southeast Ecological Science Center, this site has been established as a central repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of nonindigenous aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data is made available for use by biologists, interagency groups, and the general public. The geographical coverage is the United States.

For more information on the NAS program see the NAS Flyer.

History of the NAS Database

The database was originally started with the passage of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Species Control and Prevention Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-646). The Act created the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. In turn the Task Force created our program. We were charged with providing information to the ANS Task Force. Wording from the ANSTF’s strategic plan follows:

The goal of the information system is to provide timely, reliable data about the presence and distribution of nonindigenous aquatic species. Ideally, this would be an interactive system. A National Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Information Center (Center) will be established with the following components:

  • Data Repository and Information Management. Using geographic information system (GIS) technology supported by significant information management and analysis capability, a computerized data repository will be established to collect, analyze and disseminate information about the presence and distribution of Nonindigenous aquatic species and their effects. Species files containing publications and correspondence as well as computer data will be established for each Nonindigenous aquatic species reported to the Center. All information obtained about species of concern will be maintained in a comprehensive and integrated database and will be readily available to interested entities.
  • Occurrence Detection and Reporting. Information for the GIS will be obtained from a variety of sources such as researchers, field biologists, fishermen, and others involved in activities in the aquatic environment. This information will be provided either directly to the Center or through intermediaries, such as university researchers, State fish and wildlife agency staff, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service agents, and research laboratories. The need for timely information about sightings of Nonindigenous aquatic species and the existence of the Information System and its capabilities will be publicized. Informants will be actively solicited through personal communication, announcements in professional publications and other media, at technical meetings, in pamphlets, and other appropriate means. Published reports in a broad array of journals and museum collections, a traditional source of information about the presence and distribution of nonindigenous species, will also be reviewed. Another source of information will be ongoing biological data gathering. Center staff will be available to consult with informants, including assisting in the identification of potential Nonindigenous species. The Center will ensure that appropriate species experts confirm specimen identification.
  • Information Transfer. The Center will promptly disseminate information about all confirmed sightings and impacts to interested parties. Literature summaries and biological synopses, including an assessment of its nuisance potential and information about effective control strategies and techniques, will also be prepared and disseminated for each detected nonindigenous aquatic species and periodically updated or revised when warranted.
  • 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
Harvest To Hand
androidAre you looking for a local harvest festival, farmers market, pick-your-own, locally made products or family-friendly farms? Harvest to Hand is a smartphone app here to help promote a sustainable way of life for local agriculture across the United States (available for iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices). Consumers have easy access to fresh farm products, events and home-spun goods right at their fingertips through our free Harvest to Hand app. Click here to explore the app online. 
Local Dirt

Buy, sell and find local food with Local Dirt. How it works, buyers can search and source local food in their area with the added convenience of online ordering. Sellers can easily find new buyers and sell their products online. Local Dirt will even automate your invoicing and track your inventory. Farmer markets, buying clubs and co-ops can automate ordering, inventory, price sheets and invoicing. Click Here!

USDA National Farmers Market Directory
Agricultural Marketing ServiceThe 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 for assistance.
USDA Farmers Markets Search
Agricultural Marketing ServiceThe 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.
Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat info

We also learn what types of environments are best to invite the prairie chickens to nest in.

The NRCS episode on the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

Learn how the Working Lands for Wildlife partnership provides landowners with voluntary incentive programs to help keep working lands in production while providing beneficial habitat for wildlife.

NRCS' Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

See how ranchers have worked with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to bring back the Lesser Prairie Chicken while improving their land for livestock.

Here is the latest update from NRCS on the LPCI

The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

USDA is working with landowners in five states to protect an increasingly rare bird and its habitat.

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

Learn about how a Texas landowner is using a CCAA to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Learn about how a Texas landowner is using a CCAA to protect Lesser Prairie Chicken by following habitat guidelines. Produced by Larry Lemmons for KVII-TV.

Texas Plant Protection Assn

For the past 24 years, the non-profit professional Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) has sponsored educational conferences for those involved in production agriculture. These conferences include the Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference and the TPPA Precision Ag Expo. These events have been successful due to the broad support of many leaders in Texas agriculture that represent academia, Extension, research, consulting, agribusiness, farmers and regulatory. Click Here.

Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
Lesser prairie-chicken picture ©2010 Nicholas Richter. Used with permission. [source]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 to open the CHAT.
Click here to learn how to use the CHAT
Watch the 2010 Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival

SUNUP visits the Woodward, Oklahoma for the 2010 Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival to see the amazing display put on by the rare but popular birds. We also learn what types of environments are best to invite the prairie chickens to nest in.

Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken - Texas Park and Wildlife Official Video

Once spreading across the plains, Lesser Prairie Chicken populations have steadily declined due to habitat loss. Wildlife biologists are counting on private landowners to help restore the habitat and hopefully save the bird.

Wind Energy & Wildlife - Texas Parks and Wildlife Official Video

Texas leads the country in wind energy production but biologists are concerned about its effects on wildlife such as the threatened Lesser Prairie-Chicken.  Part 1 of 2 - watch part 2 here

Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)

Nebraska: Least TernWith the launch of this Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), the Western Governors' Association and its Wildlife Council aim to bring greater certainty and predictability to planning efforts by establishing a common starting point for discussing the intersection of development and wildlife. While not intended for project-level approval, CHAT is designed to reduce conflicts and surprises while ensuring wildlife values are better incorporated into land use decision-making, as well as large-scale conservation projects.

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!
U.S Drought Portal

Drought 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.

Invaders of Texas

Invaders 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.

Grazing Calculator

This 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.

Plants of Texas Rangelands

Annual sunflower_232_062105 047This website provides a description, identifying characteristics, the geographic distribution and a habitat description of species found on Texas rangelands, along with photographs of the plant and its distinguishing features. Information on the most common toxic plants in the state, including signs of poisoning and controlling these plants are also included.

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Application - TPWD

lesser prairie-chickenThe Lesser Prairie-Chicken Application provides an interactive map for visualizing, collecting, and reporting data related to the lesser prairie-chicken. Viewing the distribution of this species on a map is available to all application users. Registered users, including TPWD biologists, landowners, and citizen scientists can add information to the application by entering observation data. Registration is open to all users and options for creating an account are available in the application.

Firewise Communities Map

Firewise logoUse 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, Latitude and longitude decimal degrees preferred.
USDA Service Centers - Local Service Centers Directory

View USDA Service Center Locator Web site
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.

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.
The 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.
On-Line Reporting 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). 

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,, 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.
Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database

State by state listing of lenders who are known to offer EEMs compiled by
Quick Energy
Quick 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.
Cut Electricity Costs
This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green! Click here.
Landscape Conservation
Combined agency logo graphic, NAASF, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private ForestryLandscape 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. 
National Stormwater Calculator
EPA’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
  • site developers,
  • landscape architects
  • urban planners, and
  • homeowners.
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.

Download the Stormwater Calculator setup program

National Wildlife Refuge System - National Wildlife Refuge Locator

U.S. MapFind 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.
NatureServe Explorer:
Map of North America and image of a Regal Fritillary butterfly.
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.
Audubon Locations
HomeFind an Audubon location: search by postal code or state for centers and sanctuaries, and local chapters.
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
UC IPM Weed Photo Gallery

Link to broadleaf galleryThe 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

A sedgeThis 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.


Begin key

Identification tips :

  • Distinguishing broadleaves, grasses, and sedges
  • Grasses
  • Sedges
  • Broadleaves

Already know your weed problem? Go directly to your species:

Weeds in key

UC IPM: Agricultural Pests

Integrated Pest Management for AlmondInformation 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

Integrated Pest Management for Stone FruitsThe 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

California oak grassland, Mount Shasta in the background.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

Brown marmorated stink bug eggs and nymphsLinks 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 Index
The 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.
Find a Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCCs)


Landscape Conservation CooperativesManaging the landscapes that provide our natural and cultural resources has become increasingly challenging. With the signing of Secretarial Order No. 3289, the Department of the Interior launched the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) to better integrate science and management to address climate change and other landscape scale issues. By building a network that is holistic, collaborative, adaptive, and grounded in science, LCCs are working to ensure the sustainability of our economy, land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources. 

The 22 LCCs collectively form a network of resource managers and scientists who share a common need for scientific information and interest in conservation. Each LCC brings together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations. Our partners work collaboratively to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify science gaps, and avoid duplication through conservation planning and design.

ANS Task Force Experts Directory
This 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.
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. 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.

Surf Your Watershed- U.S. EPA
Surf Your Watershed - helps you locate, use, and share environmental information about your watershed
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.
A modern water well is an expertly engineered and constructed method of delivering groundwater for drinking, irrigation, and other purposes. And 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
Mourning Dove
Search for a bird by entering name, description and keywords. Browse taxonomy or by name and shape.
CSA Toolbox 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 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

Conservation Lands Network Explorer
© Bay Area Open Space Council 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!
The Climate Corporation
The 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!
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:
  • potential to become established, 
  • potential to spread within North America following introduction, 
  • potential to cause economic damage and/or
  • potential to cause environmental harm.
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.
Forest Threat Summary Viewer
Hemlock woolly adelgid infestation - Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.orgThe 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.
Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World

random beetle imageThe Bugwood Network announces the availability of Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of The World This website features over 4,000 images and information on over 400 species of economically important beetles that feed on the cambium layer or wood of living or recently killed trees and shrubs.

Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of The World is a complete rework of the former Bark Beetles of North America website. We believe this will make it easier for users to find images and information about a wide array of bark and wood boring beetles.

We chose to implement the "NEW Taxonomy" (e.g. The Scolytidae is now Subfamily: Scolytinae within Family: Curculionidae) with the release of the site. We also chose not to provide an exhaustive list of links, rather, we chose to provide pathways to a selected set of comprehensive sites and let the users navigate from there.

Southern Plains Wind & Wildlife Planner

The Colorado Renewables and Conservation Collaborative (CRCC) is an informal group of representatives from the renewable energy industry and the conservation community whose common purpose is to constructively and proactively address conservation concerns related to renewable energy development in Colorado. The CRCC developed a science-based site selection and mitigation framework that describes avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation actions appropriate to a range of environmental impacts that have a nexus with wind energy development. Use the Southern Plains Wind & Wildlife Planner to find the priority issues that may impact a wind farm location and download applicable shapefiles and Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Best Tree Finder

The Arbor Day Foundation has created a tool that helps you find the best tree for your area. Just answer a few quick questions as to what you are looking for and the environment that you are in and the Tree-Finder will give you a list of suggested species. Click here.

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.
Current Conditions for Arkansas: Water Quality

Water quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes from USGS.

USGS Current Water Data for Arkansas
Stream gage levels in Arkansas, relative to 30 year average.
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.
University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

Mowing the vetch cover crop in a California vineyard.
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.

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.

California Invasive Plant Inventory Database

Acacia dealbataThe 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.

California Aquatic Non-Native Species Database (CANOD)

Collage of underwater specimensCANOD (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

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).

Vermont Natural Resources Atlas

The 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 (, Vermont Field Agent for Land for Good.

California Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities - CDFW

Keep Me Wild
Find your local wildlife rescue center.

Clean Water Iowa

Clean 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!

Conservation Lands Inventory - Texas

The Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC), through its Conservation Lands Inventory, is using the power of geographic information to better understand the successes and needs of conservation throughout Texas and to educate the general public, land owners, and donors about the important work of land trusts in Texas. The project seeks to provide information that can benefit the entire land trust community, ensure high quality geographic data, provide statistics for public outreach and education, and help the land trust community to better use technology for more effective conservation.

The Conservation Lands Inventory provides data and visual information on all of the lands and conservation easements held by land trust organizations across the state. Texas Land Trusts have permanently protected over 1.5 million acres of land to date. The Inventory serves as a central repository for that information and is evolving to meet current and future needs.

2012 Water Quality Consumer Confidence Reports - Louisiana

Louisiana Parish MapEPA 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.

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.

Drinking Water Watch Database - State of Louisiana

Louisiana mapThe 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.

Louisiana Plant Identification and Interactive Ecosystem Virtual Tours

Louisiana Plant Identification and Interactive Ecoysytem 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.

Louisiana Active Water Level Network - USGS Groundwater Watch

LOUISIANAThe 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.

Invasive Species Interactive Maps for Louisiana

Invasive Species Portals and Pathways
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.

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.

Snakes of Louisiana

CopperheadThis 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.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Snakebites
Virtual Field Guide - Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign

Close up of Rush Skeletonweed flower and seedhead.This Virtual Field Guide will let you explore Idaho's noxious weeds in two ways. You can either explore the Interactive Map of Idaho or simply visit the Noxious Weed List.

The "Interactive Map of Idaho" displays the 4 Idaho Weed regions; Northern Idaho, Treasure Valley, Magic Valley and Eastern Idaho. You can roll over and highlight each of these regions. Click on one and a new page will come up with another more detailed map showing just that region with all of the counties identified. A list of County Weed Superintendents is available.

The most interesting part of the maps identify specific locations where you can find 360 degree panorama views of a specific noxious weed. These panoramas are very high resolution and are interactive. In other words, you can move around in a circle and up and down and zoom in and out to examine details in the picture. All of the panoramas contain video sequences that further describe variables associated with the weed and the location. Photo galleries are also available on each panorama page.

The "Noxious Weed List" contains even more specific information about each of Idaho's noxious weeds. One major feature is a multimedia photo gallery that displays a variety of high resolution images that dissolve to new views of various stages of growth and other identifying features of the weed. The page for each weed also contains a link to the associated panoramas you can also find on the region maps. In addition, links to external web sites are identified and an additional link to a specific location in the Network Center Reference Library where even more information and links about each weed will accumulate over time.

Nontimber Forest Product Resources for Small Forestland Owners and Businesses

salal imageThe purpose of this website is to provide information and tools to help advance commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) on small forestlands in the United States. For the purposes of this website, NTFPs are defined as all wild, wild-simulated, and cultivated native forest vegetation other than lumber and lumber industry by-products (e.g., industrial turpentine, plywood, sawdust, strand board).

Eco alerts by region - Texas


Invasive species are causing economic and environmental damage throughout Texas. Click on your ecoregion to find out about the threats in your area.

Invasives Database - Texas

photo of giant salvinia foliage

Search our in-depth invasives database for information about invasive plants, observations of invasive species reported by citizen scientists or to map invasive species in Texas.

Native Seed Network

United States Clickable Map



The Native Seed Network is a resource for both the restoration community and the native seed industry, providing powerful search tools and information on all aspects of native seed. 


Use PastureScout and be confident you have secured the right lease, with the right person, at the right price.

We are proud to introduce PastureScout, an online network where those who own and use our nation's pasture and forage resources can list, find, and secure leases. Right now you can list and search for pasture or forage (hey and silage), just by becoming a PastureScout member (and it's FREE!). In the coming month, we will also introduce technology that allows landowners to accept bids for their lease. Visit our site, look around, search through our listings or create your own. Be a part of this innovative network aimed at helping land and livestock stewards!

Learn more here.

National Wetlands Database and Interactive Mapping Tool

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the most comprehensive and detailed U.S. wetland data set ever produced, capping a 35-year effort by the Service to map the extent of the nation’s wetlands. The Wetlands Inventory Mapper has digitally mapped and made publically available wetlands in the lower 48 states, Hawaii and dependent territories, as well as 35 % of Alaska. It is an invaluable aid to landowners, developers, government planners and permitting authorities, conservation organizations and academic institutions in their collective efforts to ensure wetland conservation and inform economic development. Click here to learn more!

Texas Forest Information Portal

Through Texas Forest Info, Texas A&M Forest Service provides landowners, managers, government officials, local community groups, and the public state-of-the-art access to information about trees and forest lands across the state.

Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact Summary Tool

Texas Forest Service Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact Summary Tool is an interactive tool to summarize estimated economic impacts of the forest sector in East Texas. The tool allows users to show economic impacts of a selected set of counties. In addition to providing values for each of the selected counties, totals are given for the entire selection. To use the tool go to Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact.

Arborist Search

The Find an Arborist tool can help you locate an arborist in your area. The Verify a Credential tool enables you to confirm whether an arborist has an ISA credential.


The Snake River Field Station of the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center developed and now maintains this database of the spatial information needed to address management of sage-grouse and sagebrush steppe habitats in the western United States.  This site is a portal for spatial data needed for research and management of sage-grouse and shrubsteppe systems. Click Here.

Sage-Grouse Local Working Group Locator

The Sage-grouse Local Working Group (LWG) Locator is a web-based, geographically-linked database that describes Local Working Groups and what types of projects and conservation efforts have been identified in their area. The LWG Locator provides a central resource for LWGs and interested stakeholders to facilitate greater connectivity and information exchange throughout the region. Click Here.

Density and Disturbance Calculation Tool

In Wyoming, landowners can use this tool to evaluate disturbance percentages, location, and number of disturbances of suitable sage-grouse habitat within the area affected by a project. The maximum disturbance allowed will be examined via a Density/Disturbance Calculation Tool (DDCT) process conducted by the Federal Land Management Agency on federal Land and the project proponent on non-federal (private, state) land. Click here.

Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database and Online Management System (WISDOM)

WISDOM is a user-friendly tool allowing any interested individual to discover, consider, and assess Wyoming’s wildlife resources and other natural resource data layers. This non-regulatory, landscape-level information allows a user to visually explore the distribution of important Wyoming wildlife habitat, identify wildlife migration corridors, potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data. WISDOM is intended to provide useful, landscape-level information during the early stages of project planning. WISDOM preserves private land ownerships confidentiality and sensitive records for certain species locations are generalized to the township level.


  • All species and habitats in Wyoming’s Strategic Wildlife Action Plan
  • Federally listed species
  • Big game crucial ranges and generalized migration routes
  • Sage grouse core areas
  • Many other natural resources and land management data sources


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System (Compass)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System, or Compass, provides valuable information for making informed land use decisions related to Oregon’s fish and wildlife habitats, in particular when working with energy, transportation, conservation and other large-scale projects. This easy to use mapping tool will help conserve Oregon landscapes crucial to the health of fish and wildlife by providing easy access to spatial information on species, habitats and natural resources. The Compass Data and Resources webpages provide additional documentation and details on the ODFW crucial habitat layers, access to downloading ODFW datasets, and links to supplementary online resources, such as the Oregon Conservation Strategy.


Examples of data layers available through ODFW Compass include:

  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Species of Concern
  • Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
  • Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  • Freshwater Integrity
  • Landscape Connectivity and Large Natural Areas
  • ODFW datasets: Conservation Opportunity Areas, Sage-Grouse Core Areas, Fish Passage Barriers, and Big Game Winter Range
  • Access to data provided by partner agencies such as real-time fire information and transportation data

Data Availability

Oregon crucial habitat layers and other ODFW datasets are available for download through the Compass Data Page.

Utah Conservation Data Center

Index.jpgAn integral part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Conservation Data Center (UCDC) is the central repository for Utah biodiversity information.  Although the UCDC focuses primarily on Utah's rare native species and other high-interest species (game animals and raptors, for example), information on all Utah vertebrate wildlife species, many invertebrate species, and numerous plant species is available.

Utah Conservation Data Center information is a collection of data from many sources.  Major data contributors include the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, the United States National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Bureau of Land Management, Utah State University, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, the network of state/province Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers, The Nature Conservancy, NatureServe, various museums, and numerous individuals. 

Fence Collision Risk Tool

The Fence Collision Risk Tool is a GIS map available to state wildlife agencies and NRCS field offices range-wide. The tool can be used to map out high-risk areas and plan fence marking and mitigation projects locally or across landscapes. The resulting maps are not directly available to the public because of the sensitivity of lek location data. However, whether you are a private landowner or public land manager, you can work with the NRCS to identify high-risk areas for your landscapes. The Fence Collision Risk Tool was pro­duced using modeling that maps colli­sion risk within 3 kilometers of known leks as a function of terrain ruggedness and distance to nearest lek across 10 western States.  For more information read the NRCS publication Applying the Sage-Grouse Fence Collision Risk Tool to Reduce Bird Strikes (PDF)

Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer

Tanker flies low over houses in La Pine, 2005 Park Fire.The Wildfire Risk Explorer digital library aims to make information about Oregon's wildfire risks available to users. The portal was developed in response to the statewide Communities-At-Risk (CAR) Assessment completed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2005 and a need to support Community Wildfire Protection Planning. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) are developed by communities in areas at risk from wildfire.
Featured Tools:

  • Wildfire Risk Rating Reporter: Identify acres of high, medium and low wildfire risk for areas of interest
  • WUI Reporter: Identify acres of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) for specific CWPP communities in an area of interest
  • ScholarsArchive@OSU: Access archived community wildfire protection plans, wildfire research reports, and other related publications.
  • Oregon Explorer Map Viewer: Access CAR data with online GIS mapping tools

Specific goals of the Wildfire Risk Explorer are to:

  • Provide access to all the GIS data used to develop Oregon's 2005 Statewide Communities -At-Risk Assessment
  • Enable users to produce reports on known wildfire risk for specific areas of interest
  • Offer a place to organize, archive and access community wildfire protection plans in an existing digital repository (ScholarsArchive)\

The Wildfire Risk Explorer was developed for use by local citizens, community wildfire protection planners, community groups and wildfire agency staff to learn and make informed decisions about known wildfire risks in Oregon.

Sage Grouse Conservation Library

The Sage-Grouse Conservation Library, developed by the Public Lands Council (PLC) and Public Lands Endowment Trust, makes relevant information pertaining to sage grouse conservation available to the public lands grazing community. The scientific, legal, and policy resources collected here were selected to help introduce a balanced perspective and sound scientific information into the policy decisions and legal proceedings that are rapidly shaping sage grouse conservation efforts, and consequently, the management of millions of acres across western rangelands.

Pocket Guide to Sagebrush Birds

By: Melissa Pitkin and Laura Quattrini

Guide, created by staffs at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and at PRBO Conservation Science, describes 40 of the most common bird species in sagebrush habitats.  Download Guide »

Pocket Guide to Sagebrush

By: Leila Shultz

Guide provides identifying characteristics and range maps for 18 species of sagebrush, encompassing 27 different kinds (including subspecies and hybrids).

Grasslands Beneficial Management Practices Tool

Commission for Environmental Cooperation tool with 100 beneficial management practices identified through a meta-analysis of publications, reports, and documents regarding grassland stewardship from ranchers, ranching associations, conservation organizations, government programs and academic institutions published between 1993 and 2013. Practices range from the use of effective rest periods after grazing to participation in apprenticeship programs, and all offer tangible strategies to sustain healthy grasslands, ranching communities and local economies. The beneficial management practices are organized into eight management categories:

  • Community Management
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Grass/Pasture Management
  • Grazing Management
  • Invasive Species and Pest Management
  • Sustainable Economic Management
  • Sustainable Energy Management
  • Water Resource Management


2014 Farm Bill - Farm Program and Insurance Decision Aid

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has released the preliminary version of its farm bill decision aid tool for farmers. The tool is now available online through the AFPC website, Farmers are reminded that this is a preliminary version of the tool, and has not been finalized to incorporate the final rules, which are yet to be released by USDA-FSA. However, this initial version will integrate with the AFPC’s final version of the decision aid that will be done in coordination with the USDA. This fluid integration will keep farmers from having to enter their data into the decision tool a second time once it is finalized.


TrueHarvest is the first and only yield benchmarking service that uses objective, unique and accurate data to show your farm's full range of performance potential, down to a 150 square foot area we call a micro-field.

With TrueHarvest, you can  compare your yields to the full range of performance for comparable land with comparable conditions at the portfolio, field, zone and micro-field levels. You will find that high yield doesn't necessarily mean peak performance and low yield doesn't necessarily mean poor performance.

These "Benchmarks" will help you make better decisions about where to invest - or not invest - resources to optimize yield and profitability on each and every field. Learn more about TrueHarvest here.

Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE)

Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) is a project of the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI), an ad hoc collaboration of universities, government agencies, industry, conservation organizations, certification systems, and landowners.
America’s family lands present our biggest conservation challenge.  Nearly one million acres of our forests are being converted to development each year.  Forty-one percent of the forest in the contiguous United States is owned by families, and it is the forest most at risk of being fragmented and converted for development. Decisions made by 10 million family forest owners collectively enhance or degrade the landscape.  How they manage their forests and whether or not they convert them to other uses is of significant public interest. Reasonable estimates are that only 20-30% of them are being served by current programs aimed at conservation and sustainable forest management.

The goal of this multiyear project is to provide a practical set of tools to help conservation and forestry professionals reach more landowners with effective stewardship messages and develop programs that serve the needs and values of the landowners.  Landowners and natural resource professionals have been intimately involved in all phases of the project. We strongly believe that our work must be useful to a wide array of organizations and agencies, and grounded in solid data about the landowners.

Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management (WISDOM)

The Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management (WISDOM) System is a user-friendly tool that will allow any interested individual to discover, consider, and assess Wyoming’s wildlife resources. WISDOM is an easily accessible web-based delivery system for providing a set of natural resource data layers. This non-regulatory, landscape-level information allows a user to visually explore the distribution of important Wyoming wildlife habitat, identify wildlife migration corridors, identify potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data.

EcoTrust Forest Planner

Ecotrust has created the Forest Planner to give forest management scenario planning capacity to all Oregon and Washington land managers. Users will be able to visualize alternative management scenarios on your lands and receive immediate feedback on how decisions might pay off in terms of timber harvests and financial returns, as well as public benefits like carbon storage and ecosystem services.

Maine Futures Community Mapper

The Maine Futures Community Mapper (MFCM) is a web-based tool that helps Mainers: identify locations that are most suitable for future development, conservation, agricultural uses, or forestry; identify potential conflicts and compatibilities between different land uses; and envision their future landscape under different possible scenarios of change.

New Farmers Website

A new online resource provides centralized, one-stop shopping for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

USDA’s has in-depth information, including: how to increase access to land and capital; build new markets; participate in conservation opportunities; select and use the right risk management tools; and access USDA education and technical support programs.

Cooperative Extension links are included among the Research, Technical Assistance and Education resources. The website will also feature instructive case studies about beginning farmers who have successfully used USDA resources to start or expand their business operations.

Pipe Planner for Smarter Irrigation

Delta Plastics' Pipe Planner is a Web-based application designed to help you create the most efficient irrigation system for your row crops. Simply input easily obtained information about your field, well, and polytubing, and Pipe Planner will provide a design that maximizes your field's potential for achieving uniform water application.


LANDFIRE - multi-partner wildland fire, ecosystem, and wildland fuel mapping projectLANDFIRE is a program that provides over 20 national geo-spatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models that are available to the public for the US and insular areas.

You can view and download products which are updated every two years to reflect change on the landscape over time. These data provide information for regional and national landscape strategic planning for fire and natural resource management activities.

Losing Ground - Explore the Coast

Louisiana is drowning, quickly. In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.


.Aquaplant was developed and designed to help pond owners and their advisors with identification and management of aquatic vegetation.

NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data and Analysis Tools - Visualization & Geospatial Tools

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Geospatial Data Science Team have developed tools that allow users to determine things such as how much electricity can be produced from solar systems on a house or what renewable resources are available in a specific area. The most current list of available NREL's GIS tools for biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, transportation and hydrogen can be accessed here.

National Biodiesel Board Member Plant Maps

This map represents the physical locations where our members plants are located. Contact our member plants for service areas or product availability.

Find Biodiesel In Your Area

Whether you are a petroleum distributor sourcing biodiesel or a consumer looking for a pump, finding biodiesel has never been easier.  The National Biodiesel Board has maps that show you who produces, distributes and sells biodiesel.

  • Click here to locate biodiesel retailers in the U.S.
  • Click here to locate biodiesel distributors in the U.S.
Greenbook Plant Protection Product Search has an extensive database of chemical product information that you can use to help control unwanted plants. You can search by plant name and the database will list what chemicals you could use. If you need to know more about a specific chemical, you can type it in and search for product info. You need to register with the site to get the detailed information.  Some chemicals require a pesticide license.

Plant Image Gallery

The Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery is designed to assist botanists, ecologists, natural resource managers, educators and hobbyist with the identification of plants commonly found in the southern Great Plains. The Plant Image Gallery includes numerous images of each plant species for your ease in their identification.

Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs

Welcome to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's (NSAC) Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs! This guide does as its title suggests: it walks you through dozens of the federal programs and policies most important to sustainable agriculture and how they can be used by farmers, ranchers, and grassroots organizations nationwide. Click here to view the guide.


Grassfed Beef Financial Calculators

How much can be earned from grass-fed beef?  Use the following financial calculators to customize an estimate.

  • Grass-fed Beef Decision Calculator - This is a comprehensive, interactive Excel spreadsheet that allows you to examine the costs of various beef cattle enterprises and make informed financial decisions. Download the calculator here. An explanation of how to use the calculator can be found here.  
  • A Comparison of Rental Rates for Landowners - This is a simple model for landowners providing comparative rents from leasing to grass-fed beef operations versus corn producers. Download the spreadsheet here. 
  • All files are Excel spreadsheets.
Virginia Native Plant Finder

The native plants list identifies native plant species currently recommended by the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and other project cooperators for use in horticulture, land management, conservation, and restoration projects in Virginia. The list provides a selection of plant choices adapted to growing conditions in Virginia, focusing on those native species currently or potentially available in the nursery trade. For the most part, relatively common species have been included on the list, although a few less common species were also included due to their establishment in the trade and the general stability of their habitat in Virginia. Rare species were left off the list in order to protect the genetic integrity of naturally occurring populations of rare species and avoid the collection of rare plants.

At, you will find the most extensive collection of real estate properties across the United States on the web. Choose which state you would like to search for property in. You will then be able to search through our easy to use database to find whatever you may be looking for... from hunting land, farmland & ranches, to that beautiful piece of waterfront recreational property.


LandServer Supported Areas - Current Coverage and Coming soon.LandServer is a web-based tool that provides farmers and woodland owners with a quick and easy natural resource assessment, an evaluation of their property’s potential to receive payments for implementing conservation actions, and information on how to get started. Your report is only accessed with your secure User ID and password.

LandServer produces reports by analyzing a robust database of geographic, ecological, physical, and other data sets. LandServer is a program of Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora

Virginia Botanical AssociatesThe Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora is the online successor to the Atlas of the Virginia Flora, which was published in three hard-copy editions between 1977 and 1992. Although it is still a work in progress in many respects, the Digital Atlas contains the most comprehensive information available on the geographic distribution of vascular plants in the Commonwealth. The data provided in the Digital Atlas and its predecessors is based on the iterative evaluation of voucher specimens housed in both Virginia and out-of-state herbaria. Holdings in the herbaria of Virginia Tech (VPI), The College of William & Mary (WILLI), Longwood University (FARM), George Mason University (GMUF), Lynchburg College (LYN), Virginia Military Institute (VMIL), Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Richmond (URV), Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), James Madison University (JMUH), Randolph-Macon College (RMWC), Radford University (RUHV), Bridgewater College (BDWR), and several smaller institutions total about 574,000 specimens. These, plus the very large Virginia holdings of the Smithsonian Institution United States National Herbarium (US), Harvard University’s Gray Herbarium (GH), the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences (PH), the New York Botanical Garden (NY), the University of North Carolina (NCU), and West Virginia University (WVA) provide the great majority of the documentation for the county distributions now mapped.

With the publication of the Flora of Virginia in December, 2012, The Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora has become not only an essential phytogeographic companion for users of the manual, but an even more important tool for updating both distributional and taxonomic information. The digital format allows for continual updating of distributional records, as well as numerous issues regarding taxonomy and nomenclature that remain unresolved and subject to change. Both the Flora and The Digital Atlas include numerous subspecific taxa and species splits that were not included in Atlas of the Virginia Flora, 3rd ed. (referred to as Atlas III). While many of these could be mapped with information on hand, many others could not without revisiting the herbarium specimens from which the original records were derived. With Virginia’s herbarium resources being so widely scattered, this endeavor will go on for years. In the meantime, a few maps remain placeholders, while others are only partly populated. New information and taxonomic/nomenclatural changes will be added as they become known.

Virginia Botanical Associates. (2015). Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora ( c/o Virginia Botanical Associates, Blacksburg. [Accessed: January 7, 2015]

Virginia Conservation Lands Database

Anyone can access all mapped Virginia Conservation Lands and associated information with the Virginia Conservation Lands Database interactive map viewer or by using the Virginia Natural Heritage Data Explorer. These tools also allow users to query the Conservation Lands Database and make maps with this and many other reference layers (boundaries, aerial photography, streams, etc.).

Creating Herbaceous Woodland Openings to Improve Wildlife Habitat

One of the best wildlife habitat improvements within, or adjacent to large tracts of woodland is the establishment and maintenance of openings with herbaceous growth. Herbaceous plants are those that are nonwoody and usually die back following each growing season. These include grasses and forbs; the latter being the broad-leaved herbaceous plants including wildflowers and "weeds". Theses naturally occurring herbaceous plants are a valuable source of food and cover for wildlife.

The addition or maintenance of herbaceous plants is most important where extensive acreage of mature timber or rapidly growing young forests have largely eliminated this type of cover. Herbaceous openings add a diversity of plants that meet the needs of wildlife that other cover types do not provide. Deer often use herbaceous plants such as grasses, or clovers for food. Rabbits use these for food and nesting. Turkeys, quail and grouse utilize herbaceous openings, or nearby edges for nesting, brood rearing, and feeding. Herbaceous plants attract an abundance of insects, an important food item for young game birds.

Herbaceous openings within woodlands can be in the form of clearings in various sizes and shapes or in strips. First consider areas where forest openings already exist or can be most readily created. Clear-cuts, log landings, old house sites and abandoned fields surrounded by woodland are good choices for creating some herbaceous cover. Existing fire lines, old wood's roads, or haul or skid roads are excellent locations for the establishment of herbaceous strips. Herbaceous cover maintained in the form of strips is most accessible to wildlife and will continue to serve as access for logging, recreation, or fire breaks for controlled burning.

To establish or maintain herbaceous cover on woodland roads, or other strip openings, "daylighting" (the removal of all trees to a width that will permit full sunlight to reach the ground) may be necessary. The entire width of a daylighted strip need not be herbaceous. Having herbaceous cover in the center of a strip, or the travel portion of a road, and allowing the daylighted edges to grow back naturally in a shrubby or brushy stage is ideal. This adds greater plant diversity making it more attractive to wildlife.

In some instances, particularly in mature timber stands, clearings rather than strips may be more practical. The commercial harvest of timber, cutting firewood, or removing trees from locations where their timber value is poor, are options for creating new wildlife clearings. Such clearings should be at least an acre in size, irregular in shape and well distributed (about one per 20 acres of woodland). As with daylighted strips, clearings need not be herbaceous throughout.

Herbaceous openings should be cleared of stumps, rocks and other debris so that they can be managed properly. There are several management options: annual disking and seeding; periodic disking (every 3-4 years) only frequently enough to keep down woody plants; or seeding with a perennial herbaceous mixture and maintaining by mowing or burning. A combination of these will also work well. Annual or periodic disking provides the added feature of leaving some soil exposed beneath the new growth. This feature is extremely important to some ground dwelling wildlife like bobwhite quail.

The list of recommended seeds for annual plantings varies among localities, soil types, time of planting and other factors. A partial list of annuals includes soybeans, buckwheat, crimson clover, browntop millet, vetch, or one of the small grains, particularly if you're ready to seed in the fall. Among the perennial, seedings of a mixture of orchardgrass and ladino clover are attractive to deer and most game birds. Korean or kobe lespedeza, though annuals will usually last for a number of years by reseeding. Or use several of the warm season grasses in a mixture. Small grain or annual rye can also be used initially when making permanent seedings to better insure a quick cover. Fescue or any other seed that will form a dense sod should not be used.

Permanently established herbaceous openings, when not intended strictly for their seed production, should be mowed soon after the first of July and no later than August 1. This timing should allow woodland game birds to complete nesting. In addition, mowing will encourage a flush of succulent new growth and accompanying insect production. Fresh "greens", in addition to insects, are major food items for most young game birds. Mowing also makes these foods more accessible, and can provide wildlife with an escape from rain dampened woods and underbrush. Cease mowing after mid-August to allow time for regrowth that will provide food and cover for winter and nesting cover the following spring.

Managing Pine Stands for Wildlife

When preparing to plant pines, the site almost always must be prepared in order to control hardwood competition. Techniques involving the use of prescribed fire should be selected whenever wildlife habitat enhancement is a goal. If chemical release does not seem probable in the near future (2-3 years), sowing korean lespedeza the first winter following burning is the best way to provide supplemental food. Sow approximately 10-15 lbs/ac during February or March over parts of the stand near cover. On small sites (< 10 ac), the entire stand could be sowed.

Pine seedlings should be planted at a spacing that has at least 10 feet in one dimension. From a maximum density of 544 trees/ac (10x8) down to a minimum of 396 trees/ac (10x11) you would cover the range of economically viable planting rates which would still provide some wildlife benefits. The wider the spacing the greater the value to wildlife. An ideal may be to go with 453 stems/ac (8x12).

At this time the full effects of release chemicals on wildlife habitat are unknown. Although they are probably not very detrimental, use release chemicals only if it is necessay to maintain a stand.

Precommercial thinning should be used on stands between 4 and 12 years of age when stocking exceeds about 600 or 650 trees per acre. One very effective technique for doing this is to use a small dozer to take out every other row of pines. This will not only improve the growth potential of your pines, but will also provide an excellent boost to the quality of the stand for wildlife at a time when virtually all wildlife value has otherwise disappeared.

With the wider planting spacings indicated above you should be able to thin your pines as early as age 17. It is important to thin as soon as possible, not only for the benefits to the stand, but also for the economic return and the very significant improvement to the quality of the habitat for wildlife. Residual stands should not exceed 65 sqft of basal area per acre, although 50 sqft/ac is a much better goal for wildlife benefits and should not result in any significant loss of timber benefits. In fact, such densities may in the long run prove to be more desirable economically since larger timber will be possible on a shorter rotation. As with planting densities, residual thinning densities have a limit below which timber values are lost much more rapidly than wildlife values are gained. Although a precise point is not known, it would generally be desirable to stay above 45 sqft/ac. Successive thinnings should be conducted as soon as possible thereafter.

Controlled burning should be used in any stand where a fireline can reasonably be placed. The first burn should come as soon after the first commercial thinning as possible (usually two years) and be repeated every two to three years thereafter. Burns should be conducted under proper weather conditions between November 1 and February 28. Unless and until you are experienced in using controlled burning, you should have someone on site who is whenever you are burning. Although it had once been thought that the elimination of fire was crucial for helping wildlife, it is now widely recognized that fire is a very useful tool in creating and maintaining quality wildlife habitat. In fact, where fire can be safely used it is the single best tool available to landowners seeking to improve the quality of the habitat on their property.

Timber Sales: Selling timber should always be done with a signed contract in order to protect your interests and to help insure the best possible work. Layout of any sale should leave buffer strips along wetland areas such as permanently flowing streams, ponds, lakes, and beaver swamps. These buffer strips should be wide enough to provide good quality wildlife movement corridors and habitat diversity: about 100-150 feet wide on each side of the water body. When large tracts are harvested, this type of habitat can be extremely valuable to all types of wildlife.

Intermittent streams should have smaller buffers left to provide additional habitat for wildlife. These buffers need only be about 50-75 feet in total width. Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) call for only 50 foot wide buffers, which provide only minimal benefits for wildlife. Leaving out buffers of mature timber as described here may result in a 5 to 10% loss of acreage in the sale. This may reduce the sale price per acre, but keep in mind the timber in the buffers will continue to grow (and in many cases become more valuable) and be available for future sales.

Virginia Department of Forestry Application for Exemption to the 4 p.m. Burning Law Section 10.1-1142B (Form180)
Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework

The Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework can be used by natural resource professionals and landowners to guide habitat management practices, conservation planning, and decision making for priority species and a variety of other wildlife that can provide economic, recreational, and aesthetic value to a single property or an entire region. Managing habitat for priority species like the endangered black-capped vireo can benefit other species, including popular game species, such as northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Similarly, managing for game species, if done responsibly, can benefit endangered species. 

How can you manage for desired species?
The habitat management chart compares management recommendations among the game and non-game species.

Where can you best manage these species?
This interactive land mapping tool is designed to aid conservation planning for natural resource professionals and individuals to understand the best locations for management.

Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Decision Support Tool

HomeFarmers, ranchers, and their crop insurance agents evaluate insurance programs to select appropriate coverage for managing risks. This tool is targeted toward insurance providers so they may analyze a grower’s insurance options. The analyst may consider policy cost, potential indemnities, and subsidies available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for targeted two-month windows throughout the calendar year. 

The tool is intended to provide users with additional information of how the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance program correlates to production risk. For example, a user may know his or her production records for a given year. With the decision tool, they can select that year and study how the index would have responded.

Rural Bounty

Explore North America's Rural Bounty

Discover the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer!

  • Daytrip or Vacation to a Farm or Ranch
  • Pick Your Own-Fruits, Pumpkins, Trees
  • Discover Charming Countryside Wineries
  • Challenge Your Hunting & Outdoor Skills

In the U.S. and Canada, there are approximately 65,000 farms and ranches that invite the public to visit, and more and more are becoming members on the Rural Bounty website. We invite you to come back often to plan relaxing day trips, or weeks away, enjoying the Rural Bounty of North America.  Visit website »


The Southern Forest Futures Project

The Southern Forest Futures Project provides a science-based “futuring” analysis of the forests of the 13 States of the Southeastern United States. With findings organized in a set of scenarios and using a combination of computer models and science synthesis, the authors of the Southern Forest Futures Project examine a variety of possible futures that could shape forests and the many ecosystem services and values that forests provide. The science findings and modeling results could inform management and policy analysis of the South’s forests. In the chapters of this technical report, the authors provide detailed findings and results as well as sets of key findings and implications.

Idaho Weed Resource

The Idaho Weed Resource web site details our efforts in teaching, research and extension on invasive plant management.  Our efforts extend to forest and range lands within Idaho and surrounding states through collaboration with land owners, agencies and our neighboring universities.

Farm Bill Toolbox

On July 1, 2014, the University of Illinois as the lead university for the National Coalition for Producer Education (NCPE) entered into a cooperative agreement with the Farm Service Agency for development of web-based decision tools to help producers and farm owners with the decisions and programs in the Farm Bill.  This effort will involve the development of three different tools by the Illinois-led NCPE, as well as training, education, outreach and analysis on the tools and programs:  (1) a tool for the ARC/PLC program decision, including base acre reallocation, payment yield updating and SCO/STAX; (2) a tool for the new dairy Margin Protection Program and Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy insurance policy; and (3) a tool for the new Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provisions regarding buy-up coverage.

The University of Illinois-NCPE proposal envisioned using the farmdoc platform as a user-friendly, one-stop resource for all aspects of the Farm Bill program decisions.  To that end, we introduce the Farm Bill Toolbox (available here) as the dedicated site for producers, landowners and others interested in the programs.  It will house the specific web-based tools being developed, as well as training, education, outreach and analysis materials.  These materials will include webinars and answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, general conclusions gleaned from analysis of the programs within the real-world context of prices, yields and risk, coupled with what is learned from developing and running the tools.  We also envision providing some basic guidance or "rules of thumb" that producers can use as they need.  Like any good toolbox, the Farm Bill Toolbox will contain a range of items and materials - the tools - to serve the widest variety of producers and situational needs.  Not everyone will make use of the specific tools, or the articles analyzing the programs.  But the tools will be available for anyone who seeks information, and at levels intended to fit varying degrees of informational needs.

The Farm Bill Toolbox is currently under construction and will remain under construction as the web tools, analysis and other information are being developed.  It currently houses a limited amount of material taken from previous articles and work that remain relevant to this effort and the pending producer decisions.  It will be updated as the tools and materials are developed and become available for public release.  Information and links to the tools will also be available on the FSA website.

The website and the tools will be important, valuable resources for producers, but the key to the NCPE proposal are the coalition partners who will be working on tool development, training, education, outreach and analysis. 

Idaho Wildlife Management Areas Interactive Maps

Thirty-two Wildlife Management Areas located in six Fish and Game regions have been established to protect wildlife habitat and are available for hunting, fishing and other public enjoyment of wildlife. Varying from 275 to 85,000 acres, each area is dedicated to primary purposes such as big game, waterfowl and upland game.

The lands encompassed by the WMAs vary from backcountry forested habitats for big game animals to agricultural areas with important pheasant and waterfowl habitat. Thousands of big game animals winter on some WMAs and tens of thousands of waterfowl winter on others. Nongame wildlife use all the WMAs. These lands are diverse and critical habitats that provide great opportunities to enjoy both game and nongame wildlife.

Idaho Hunt Planner

Plan your hunting trip!The Idaho Hunt Planner is an interactive search and mapping engine for our Hunting Regulations, but not the official printed rules available in pdf format online and and at local stores and license vendors.

Cover Crop Economics Tool

The Cover Crop Economics Tool is a user-friendly economic assessment tool to assess the costs and benefits of incorporating cover crops into a crop rotation. The tool assesses both the short term and long term expected costs and benefits.

Download: Cover Crop Economics Tool


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

Find Your State's Complete Wildlife Action Plan
Find Your State's Wildlife Action PlanClick a state on the map to link to that state's Wildlife Action Plan.
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Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat 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, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America’s lands, waters, and wildlife.

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