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The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) is a member of a network of similar programs collectively known as the Natural Heritage Network. Each of the 50 US states, most Canadian provinces, and many Latin American countries house a network program dedicated to gathering and developing biological information on species of conservation concern and natural vegetation communities. Programs in the network use the same database methodology and software and receive technical support from a coordinating organization known as NatureServe. Most programs are housed in universities or state agencies; WYNDD operates as a service and research unit of the University of Wyoming.
WYNDD data, analyses, and staff expertise contribute to effective strategies of natural resource management and more efficient compliance with environmental regulations.
WYNDD offers the most complete data and information for species and vegetation communities of conservation concern in Wyoming. Our mission is threefold:
About 25% of the cost of maintaining our central database and web applications is provided by the State of Wyoming via the biennial block grant to the University of Wyoming. WYNDD covers the remaining costs through data request fees, grants, contracts, and cost-share projects with our partners.