BioFinder is a database and mapping tool for identifying Vermont's lands and waters that support important ecosystems, natural communities, habitats, and species. It features Vermont Conservation Design and was developed by the Agency of Natural Resources and partners to support stewardship, conservation, and land-use planning. BioFinder highlights networks of forests, streams and other features that together create the heart and backbone of Vermont's landscape and biodiversity.
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Explore these pages for a better understanding of how BioFinder works:
- Click See the Map to launch BioFinder.
- Using BioFinder suggests a process for how to use this tool.
- Interpreting Results provides guidance for getting the most out of your BioFinder research.
- Creating BioFinder and Vermont Conservation Design explains the science and methods behind what you see in BioFinder.
- Mapping Vermont’s Natural Heritage is a guidebook that describes the datasets in BioFinder, interprets them, and reviews different strategies for conserving important ecological features.
- Trainings introduce users to BioFinder and other topics in conservation science and land-use planning.
- Resources: Watch archived webinars about BioFinder and conservation science.
The Community Wildlife Program of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department provides technical assistance to towns, Regional Planning Commissions, and conservation organizations. Program staff keep tabs on the latest in conservation science and help integrate that information into efforts to protect wildlife, habitat, and the most important lands and waters in Vermont. Whether you are drafting a new town plan, seeking a project partner, or looking to level up your conservation planning, the Community Wildlife Program is here to help. To schedule a consultation with the Program's Conservation Planners, email Jens.Hilke@Vermont.gov. Consultations and follow-up services are free of charge and sponsored by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
For more information, visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept. Community Wildlife Program.