About Us

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) is administered by the Institute of Science and Public Affairs at Florida State University. We are dedicated to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating information critical to the conservation of Florida's biological diversity. FNAI was founded in 1981 as a member of The Nature Conservancy's international network of natural heritage programs, now coordinated by NatureServe. 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.

FNAI 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.

FNAI also serves as the primary source for information on Florida's conservation lands. The FNAI 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.

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

Help FNAI advance conservation in Florida by donating:

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) is a trusted and comprehensive source for information and expertise on Florida's ecological resources. Since 1981, FNAI has provided independent, objective, scientific information to government agencies, private firms, conservation groups, researchers, and the general public. We work closely with policy makers and managers to inform conservation and land management decisions. FNAI staff include some of the foremost experts in the state across many conservation disciplines: botany, zoology, community ecology, conservation planning, geographic information systems, and data management. The program is small, agile, efficient, and highly influential. FNAI is an organization administered by Florida State University (FSU) and is recognized as a leading member of the NatureServe Natural Heritage international network.

Because FNAI is almost entirely funded by contracts and grants, gifts are especially valuable to help support important conservation work for which we do not have a specific contract. Tax-deductible donations can be made to FNAI through the FSU Foundation.

Support FNAI's work through an online donation to the Florida Natural Areas Inventory Fund with the FSU Foundation.

To make a donation using another payment method follow the instruction on this page.

Checks should be made payable to the FSU Foundation with Fund # F07112 (FNAI) specified in the memo area.

Donations can be mailed directly to the FSU Foundation at:

Gift Services
Florida State University Foundation
325 W College Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-1403

Or you may contact Dan Hipes, FNAI director, at (850) 224-8207 x213 or email for more information.

Your contribution will help fund FNAI's core mission to collect, interpret, and share ecological information critical to the conservation of Florida's precious natural heritage.

Thank you for your support.