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About 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.

Who uses the Registry?

Federal, state and local agencies, policy-makers, forest industry, conservation organizations, foundations, land trusts and landowners are among the Registry’s partners. Larger agencies and organizations can share and access data across boundaries that ordinarily keep disciplines, agencies and organizations apart.

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What does the Registry do?

The Registry:

  • Helps organizations and landowners understand the context in which they are working.
  • Helps people determine the degree to which actions are taking place within identified priority areas.
  • Provides free planning, tracking and promotion tools for small organizations.
  • Helps to determine if projects are effectively conserving habitat for at-risk species.
  • Aids policy-makers and investors in understanding where public and private money is being spent.
  • Helps conservationists find partners, funding, and advice.
  • Helps everyone learn from the successes and challenges experienced by others doing similar projects.
  • Demonstrates that it is possible and useful to integrate information across jurisdictions and ownerships.
  • Tracks the implementation of state wildlife action plans across the country.
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Interested in learning more?

Do you want to learn how the Registry works? Would you like to share your data?
Please contact The Conservation Registry at .

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User’s Guide

A complete guide to browsing, searching and adding projects to the Conservation Registry.

Click here for the most recent version [PDF 2.2MB].

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Inspiration for the Conservation Registry emerged from a stakeholder group assisting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the development of its state wildlife action plan. Defenders of Wildlife researched other databases around the world and worked with partners to determine how best to build a registry that could serve the needs of policy-makers, resource agencies, foundations, conservation groups and landowners. The initial Registry launch took place in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho in 2008. Since then, the Registry has grown to include over a hundred thousand projects, and features a variety of partner portals specific to conservation interests and regions.

With the support of registry partners, the following individuals have been responsible for the concept and core development of the Conservation Registry:

Research and Development

Oregon Institute for Natural Resources

  • Avi Hihinishvili
  • Moran Rosenthal
  • Jimmy Kagan

The Nature Conservancy (Oregon)

  • Michael Schindel

Design, Development and Programming

The Other Firm

  • Ty Montgomery
  • Ryan Shaw
  • Matt Lawhead
  • Sam Miller
  • Brian Howard
  • Dave Smith
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Registry Partners

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