Information Resources and Technology Management

Standard U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Data Distribution Liability Statement

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. While the Service makes every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data provided for distribution, it may not have the necessary accuracy or completeness required for every possible intended use. The Service recommends that data users consult the associated metadata record to understand the quality and possible limitations of the data. The Service creates metadata records in accordance with the standards endorsed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.

As a result of the above considerations, the Service gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the data. It is the responsibility of the data user to use the data in a manner consistent with the limitations of geospatial data in general and these data in particular. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the Service, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the utility of the data on another system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This applies to the use of the data both alone and in aggregate with other data and information.

FWS Data Repository

ServCat is a centralized database module that allows Service staff to document, organize and make discoverable Service related documents such as refuge management plans, reports, tables, geospatial data, photographs, maps, SOPs and survey protocols.

Everyone, including all FWS staff and the public, can access ServCat, although the public may only see information that is neither sensitive nor copyrighted/proprietary. All FWS staff may, and are encouraged to, contribute content to ServCat.

ServCat is part of the Integrated Refuge Information System or IRIS.

USFWS Contact

Requests for information on metadata creation, processing, and publication should be directed to Geospatial Data Services at


Last updated: May 9, 2019