LandCAN Toolbox

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.
 

Beginningfarmers.org

First launched in September of 2008, Beginningfarmers.org is a comprehensive compilation of information resources on farm financing, finding land, business planning, agricultural production and marketing, and much more. It is also a constantly updated blog providing the latest information and news on farm policy, farming jobs and internships, agricultural research, and the changing face of American agriculture. Beginning Farmers provides content relevant to new, experienced, and aspiring farmers, as well as farm educators, activists, and policy makers.

Through core resource pages and frequent blog postings, Beginning farmers provides a robust and constantly growing forum for sharing information and ideas about starting new farms, and a broad range of content related to the development of sustainable agriculture and food systems.

 

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.

 

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 »

 

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.
 

 

California Invasive Plant Inventory Database

The Cal-IPC Inventory

The Inventory categorizes plants that threaten California's natural areas. The Inventory includes plants that currently cause damage in California (invasive plants) as well as "Watch" plants that are a high risk of becoming invasive in the future

 

California Non-native Estuarine and Marine Organisms

The Cal-NEMO database includes comprehensive and user-friendly information on established non-native invertebrates and algae in the marine and estuarine waters of California. A collaboration between Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Cal-NEMO is a portal of the National Estuarine and Marine Exotic Species Information System (NEMESIS).

Cal-NEMO replaces CANOD, OSPR’s inventory of non-native species in California. Improvements include images and descriptions for identification, maps of global distributions, and information about species ecology and impacts. It is a long-term, dynamic database that we will continue to update as new species are discovered and new research becomes available.

 

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).

 

California Wildlife Habitat Relationships

 

California Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities - CDFW

 

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.

 

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!

 

Colorado Division of Water Resources Surface Water Conditions

This web site provides access to current surface water conditions from gages maintained by the Division of Water Resources, as well as the U.S. Geological Survey and local entities. This web site also provides public access to historical data.  The Colorado Division of Water Resources administers water rights and interstate compact agreements throughout the state. To administer these, the Division maintains a network of stream and reservoir monitoring sites which collect and transmit periodic data values. Find a stream gage

 

Columbia Land Conservancy's Farmer Landowner Match Program

The Columbia 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Conservation Corridor Toolkit

Landscape 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. 

 

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.

 

Conservation Lands Network Explorer

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!

 

ConserveLands.com

ConserveLands.com 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.