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Biofinder - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Creating BioFinder

BioFinder was created by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources with help of its partners to provide citizens with a tool to explore the distribution and richness of Vermont’s biodiversity and help secure our natural heritage for future generations.

BioFinder committees were staffed by members of the Geographic Information Systems Division of the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and scientists and planners from ANR’s three departments: Environmental Conservation; Fish & Wildlife; and Forests, Parks & Recreation. Additional scientific expertise came from the following agencies and organizations:

Arrowwood Environmental
Audubon Vermont
Lake Champlain Committee
The Nature Conservancy
University of Vermont
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Vermont Land Trust
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
The Wildlands Network

BioFinder Mapping Module

The BioFinder mapping module consists of a Latitude Geographics Geocortex Essentials mapping front-end, consuming ArcGIS Server 10.1 GIS mapping services published by the Agency of Natural Resources. Vermont Conservation Design, Species and Community Scale and the component layer sets were published as separate ArcGIS Server mapping services.

Due to the complexity and sheer volume of data in the Vermont Conservation Design and Species and Community Scale data sets, these layers were cached for display performance.

Base map services from ESRI, Microsoft BING, and the Vermont Center for Geographic Information provide cached aerial imagery, topographic maps, and a basic boundary map. These services are consumed into the Essentials mapping module.

Tools, including the Landscape Report, and Species and Community Report tools, were developed to create user workflows that guide users through the steps needed to retrieve desired results.

Funding for BioFinder development comes in part from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Sportfish & Wildlife Restoration Program, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.