LandCAN Toolbox

Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

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.

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.

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 »



Sage Grouse Initiative Web Map Application

The SGI Interactive Web Map Application is free and available to the public, presenting cutting-edge geospatial data covering 100 million acres. The Sage Grouse Initiative science team has developed an easy-to-use web application that helps visualize, distribute, and interact with information about the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem.

All of the information can be easily visualized on top of physical maps or the latest satellite imagery. Users can quickly identify and compare areas of concern, evaluating potential restoration or prevention opportunities. Data can be imported from the web application directly into GIS software, which allows the public to customize the information for land management or conservation purposes. Data for individual counties can be downloaded using these simple instructions.


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.



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.


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.


Smart Ag

Our vision at Smart Ag is to become the autonomous farming platform of choice in a driverless future.

In our opinion, the smartest way to solve the huge worldwide challenge of feeding a fast growing population is to empower farmers to complete operations faster, more consistently and with less labor than ever before, we believe they can unlock the potential of the land better than anyone else. With the correct tools, technology and knowledge, farmers can do the seemingly impossible.

Our goal is to give farmers the technology to operate smarter and eliminate the choice between what is best for their farm and constraints like available labor, brands of equipment or the cost of larger machinery. That is why our first product AutoCart can be used with an operator in the grain cart tractor or autonomously and will be compatible with any brand of equipment.

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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.


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.

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. 

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.

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).


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. 

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.


Steps Fire Science Programs

Fire science is about much more than just fighting fires. It covers everything from what causes them to how they behave and are investigated. Fire science jobs require serious knowledge and skills, like those taught in accredited online fire science degree programs. Keep reading to learn all about online fire science degrees, including how they work and where to find top programs.



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.

Surf Your Watershed- U.S. EPA


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.