The NRS hosts its GIS data with the Informatics and Geographic Information Systems Statewide Program (IGIS) administered by UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Interested researchers can obtain a login for this system by contacting an NRS reserve director.
Additional GIS layers showing public lands adjacent to each reserve (adjacent, 1 kilometers, 5 kilometers, and 10 kilometers away). Researchers may be able to expand their studies into these areas.
Other mapping resources
Helps you explore, understand, and measure your geographic data. Use viewers to explore maps, scenes, layers, and tools, and discover patterns, find answers, and reveal relationships about your community and the world.
Google Earth Pro
To see what Google Earth Pro can do—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and start downloading. If you’re an existing user, your key will continue to work with no changes required. KMZ or KML boundary files are available for all NRS reserves.
California Natural Diversity Database
The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a program that inventories the status and locations of rare plants and animals in California. Staff work with partners to maintain current lists of rare species as well as an ever-growing database of GIS-mapped locations for these species.
Reserve managers and researchers are encouraged to submit information to CNDDB regarding special-status species found within or adjacent to the reserve system. Data is accepted in many formats, and guidelines are available. Reserve managers are also encouraged to provide researchers with the monthly password to CNDDB.
CNDDB online maps and GIS data can be queried via RareFind5 software, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife BIOS map viewer, or by downloading a GIS shapefile that can be opened in another application. Data specific to the reserve system and adjacent areas are available, as are training documents and tutorials.