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Cooks Lake at Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

Science Resources for Conservation Planning

The Service and other science based organizations support online conservation tools and databases. These tools support internal decision making processes and provide a layer of transparency by making data available to the public.

Conservation tools

  • A screen shot of an interactive map showing areas of high priority across the south Atlantic coast.

    Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA)

    A 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. Learn more...

    A screen capture of the South Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas Blueprint Simple viewer.

  • A screen capture of the homepage for encourages users to enter a search term or browse by category. is the home of the U.S. Government’s open data where you will find tools and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more. Several Service data management systems including the Service Catalog are designed to automatically publish publicly available datasets to including conservation plans, geospatial datasets, and more. A 2013 Executive Order made open and machine readable the new default for government information. Learn more...

    The homepage of allows users to search by keyword or browse by category.

  • A screenshot from the Bald eagle species profile on ECOS showing an image and a description of the species.

    Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS)

    ECOS is a gateway web site that provides access to data systems in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and other government data sources. This central point of access assists Service personnel in managing data and information, and it provides public access to information from numerous Service databases. ECOS produces a variety of reports related to the List of Threatened and Endangered Species. Some popular reports include: All Threatened and Endangered Animals All Threatened and Endangered Plants Critical Habitat Report Delisted Species Listed Species Summary Reclassified Species ECOS is home to several other conservation tools including GeoFIN and IPaC. Learn more...

    A screenshot from the Bald eagle species profile on ECOS.

  • A screencapture showing locations of barrier removals across the country.

    Geospatial Fisheries Information Network (GeoFIN)

    The GeoFIN mapper is an interactive mapping tool that allows you to view barriers to fish passage across the U.S. as well as model their removal in your watershed. It also generates profiles and reports for a given geographic area and can search the USFWS fish passage barrier database. Learn more...

    Each fish icon on the GeoFIN mapper represents a barrier removed from a stream across the country.

  • A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river.

    Human dimensions portal

    The Human Dimensions Portal was created for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees by the Human Dimension Branch of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The portal provides convenient access to human dimensions tools and resources applicable to your conservation work. It also encourages a community of practice for conservation practitioners through a blog and conversation forum; upcoming events; news and announcements; and a directory of social science experts in the Service. Learn more...

    Fishing the Green River. Photo by Katie Theule.

  • A map with a polygon drawn to designate an area of interest for development.

    Information for Planning and Consultation (IPAC)

    IPaC is a project planning tool which streamlines the environmental review process by providing information on the location of listed species and other USFWS trust resources which could potentially be affected by a project. Initial project scoping IPaC can assist in identifying threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds, or other natural resources that may be impacted by a project, based on a project area as defined by the user. Learn more...

    IPaC allows users to draw a polygon around an area of interest to retrieve a list of threatened and endangered species.

  • A map of the continental USA showing projects funded by the USFWS.

    Tracking and Reporting on Actions for Conservation of Species (TRACS)

    Wildlife TRACS is the tracking and reporting system for conservation and related actions funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. There are three ways to search the actions funded: Dashboard, Project Map, or Search by State. Learn more...

    An map of projects entered into TRACS from the website.

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