State of Vermont BioFinder
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Biofinder - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


BioFinder is a database and mapping tool for identifying Vermont's lands and waters supporting high priority ecosystems, natural communities, habitats, and species. The most comprehensive assessment of its kind in Vermont, BioFinder was developed by the Agency of Natural Resources and partners to further our collective stewardship and conservation efforts. Updated in 2016, BioFinder highlights the interconnected network of forests, streams and physical landscape features that are at the heart of Vermont's landscape.

 Introduction to BioFinder Video on the BioFinder tutorials page
Click to view 'Introduction to BioFinder' Video

BioFinder is a series of overlapping data sets representing terrestrial and aquatic biology, ecology at various scales and aspects. You can use the BioFinder Mapping Tool to explore the distribution and richness of Vermont's biodiversity and help secure Vermont's natural heritage for future generations.

New in 2016

The update includes Vermont Conservation Design, a tool for locating the most ecologically important locations on the landscape. This tool examines Vermont at three scales.

  • At the landscape scale, users can see patterns in our forests, our waterways, and the lands and waters that connect these landscapes into functional networks.
  • At the community scale appear significant natural communities, representative lakes, and similar important features that are vital to predictable assemblages of plants and animals.
  • Finally, a user can see components that support particular species—the habitats and locations on which rare and uncommon species rely, for example.

At all scales, Vermont Conservation Design then identifies priorities, allowing users to make informed decisions about the locations most suitable for development and those on which to focus conservation efforts. 

What makes Vermont Conservation Design unique is that instead of looking at the landscape one component at a time—wetlands, rare species, large forest blocks, etc.—Vermont Conservation Design takes a holistic approach to identifying the most crucial lands used by these components as they work together to create a functional system.     

Let's get started…

Under the "Using Biofinder" tab you'll find several pages that will help get you going. Explore these pages first, before delving into the map, for a better understanding of how the map works and what you can get from it. 

The Tips & Tools gives you an overview of the map and its interface.

Video Tutorial takes you through the process and shows you individual features including, how to upload a shapefile.

Interpreting Results gives you guidance for getting the most out of your research.

See the Map is the place to go to explore Vermont's natural heritage.

About BioFinder explains BioFinder's science and methods and summarizes how we think BioFinder can help developers, educators, planners and scientists

Vermont Biofinder