The Conservation Registry
What is the Conservation Registry?
The Conservation Registry is a free online database that tracks and maps conservation, restoration and wildlife projects across the U.S. Defenders of Wildlife initiated the Conservation Registry in 2008 to facilitate informed decision-making, inspire collaboration, and provide context and effectiveness for conservation work. It started in the Pacific Northwest, but has since grown to over 110,000 projects in all 50 U.S. states. To date it is the most comprehensive repository of geospatially-specific project information in the U.S.
The Conservation Registry is a landscape-scale conservation tool, built on an open source, Google™ Maps platform. The Registry acts as a synthesis tool to bring together often isolated data from groups ranging from small organizations and individual landowners to state and federal agencies. Anyone can create a conservation projects in the Registry, but an organizational portal provides a user with their own customized platform for tracking progress towards implementation of a conservation plan.
The Conservation Registry captures project information in three categories:
- On-the-ground restoration and management actions, including habitat improvements, species reintroduction, and invasive species removal;
- Actions that enhance land status, such as land acquisitions and conservation easements;
- Habitat and wildlife monitoring, policy, education and research activities tied to a location.