Data Requests

As the Florida Natural Heritage Program, the FNAI maintains a comprehensive spatial database of the ecological resources of Florida. The database includes more than 30,000 occurrences of rare plant and animal species and high-quality natural communities throughout the state, more than 2,500 conservation lands managed by public and private agencies, boundaries of environmental land acquisition projects, and other lands with potential natural habitat on site. Public agencies, private firms, non-profit organizations, schools, and citizens from around the state and nation contact FNAI daily to request this information, for an average of more than 1,000 requests each year.

Available Services

  • Biodiversity Matrix Map Server
    • Provides free access to FNAI species occurrence data for user selected one square mile grid cells
  • GIS Data
    • Much of the data FNAI collects or compiles is available for free download here
    • We have a wealth of GIS data which may be available on request, contact us for more information
  • Standard Data Reports
    • A site-specific report. Includes a pdf map of the site and surrounding area, and lists of detailed natural resource information. Features shown include rare plant and animal species, high-quality natural communities, conservation lands, land acquisition projects, and potential habitat for rare species. Charge: $89* per hour, generally processed within 5 working days, OR $200* per hour for rush (2 working days) service. One-hour minimum charge with either option.
    • View a sample data report here
  • Custom Data Reports
    • Custom rare species occurrence reports are available for user specified sites but a fee is required to cover the cost of providing this service
    • Contact us for additional information
  • Florida Communities Trust (FCT) Data Reports
  • Wall Maps
    • Full color wall-size maps showing one or more natural resource data layers maintained by FNAI are available. Charge: $200 for private firms, $100 for public agencies. Additional copies $50 each for private, $25 each for public.
How do I request information from FNAI?

Contact us with the following information:

  • Site location: please provide a locational map with coordinates or other identifying information. The county is also useful. Providing a shapefile of the project site will speed the report process.
  • Type of project: how information will be used.
  • Contact information: name, company or agency, address, phone, etc
Why do we charge for some of our services?

Although FNAI is administered by a state institution, we are funded solely through contracts and grants to perform specific environmental research and analysis services. Some of our contracts include funding to provide limited services to the public, but 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.

How do I pay for data services?

An invoice will be emailed upon completion of your data request. Follow payment instructions on your invoice to remit payment.

*As a part of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory's contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands (DEP), these fees are generally waived for requests made by DEP or requests made by the public to fulfill DEP requirements (i.e. land management plans). Any data requests or other consultations must be paid for by the user at the rate of $89 per hour. These services are subject to limitations. Rush Data Reports are not available as a free service.