Biotics Database Development
The Nongame Conservation Section manages the NatureServe Biotics database, the state’s most comprehensive database of occurrences of rare species and natural communities. Data in Biotics are used for many purposes: environmental site reviews, conservation planning, scientific research, habitat restoration and management plan development. The database contains more than 10,000 occurrence records for rare species and provides Web access to information on occurrences of special concern species and significant natural communities.
During fiscal year 2010, staff added 885 records and edited 941.
One focus is updating and adding records of species of concern from the 11-county coastal region of Georgia. This information will be used to develop a conservation planning tool to help better direct conservation efforts and plan development along the coast (see “Coastal Habitat Assessment” section).
Lists of rare and protected plants and animals, a digital version of the book “Protected Plants of Georgia” and a downloadable archive of ArcView GIS extensions useful for conservation are online at www.georgiawildlife.com.