1018 Thomasville Road
Suite 200-C
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 224-8207
Fax: (850) 681-9364

Florida State University
Florida Resources and
Environmental Analysis Center
at the Institute of Science
and Public Affairs

NatureServe
A Network Connecting Science with Conservation




About Us

FNAI Staff 2005-06

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is a non-profit organization administered by Florida State University. We are dedicated to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating information critical to the conservation of Florida's biological diversity. The Inventory was founded in 1981 as a member of The Nature Conservancy's international network of natural heritage programs. Funding is provided through contracts and grants, which currently include work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other state and federal agencies.

Inventory staff continually build and maintain a comprehensive database of the biological resources of Florida, which now includes more than 32,000 element occurrences of rare plants, rare animals, and high-quality natural communities. These occurrences are maintained in a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) database for mapping and analysis.

The Inventory also serves as the primary source for information on Florida's conservation lands. The Inventory database includes GIS boundaries and statistics for more than 2,000 federal, state, local, and private managed areas. The database also includes information on Florida Forever environmental land acquisition projects.

Inventory staff have expertise in a range of fields, including botany, zoology, ecology, land management, environmental planning, GIS, and database management.

Our Services and Products

Services Offered
    • Natural Resource Inventory
        • Rare species inventories and status surveys
        • Invasive species inventories
        • Natural community mapping
        • Ecological integrity assessment
        • Historical vegetation mapping
    • Ecospatial Analysis
        • Land cover interpretation
        • Natural community (ecological) interpretation
        • Potential habitat and predictive range modeling (341 species)
    • Conservation Planning
        • Data reports for private firms and public
        • Ecological prioritization
        • Land management review and planning
        • Decision support data and tools
        • Reserve design
    • Ecological Monitoring
        • Inventory and monitoring--adaptive management
        • Rare species occurrence and population trends
        • Invasive species occurrence and population trends

Data Products
FNAI produces many spatial datasets, some of which are available for download at our GIS Data Page. Other datasets, such as element occurrence shapefiles, are available for a fee. See our Data Requests Page or contact FNAI for more information.

Why do we charge for some of our services and products?

Although the Inventory is a non-profit organization administered by a state institution, we are funded solely through contracts and grants to perform specific environmental research and analysis services. While some of our contracts include funding to provide limited services to the public, we are unable to meet the demand from all of our potential clients through contracts and grants. We therefore charge for many of our products and services in order to cover the costs of providing those services. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.