Species Diversity

CaribouThe Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System (IFWIS) is the most comprehensive repository for site-specific data on Idaho’s fish, wildlife and plant diversity. IFWIS is a member of NatureServe and houses Idaho’s Natural Heritage data. In addition to more common species, IFWIS tracks species that are identified as having special conservation status in the following lists.

  • Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) identified in Idaho’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.
  • Species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as endangered, threatened, candidate or proposed.
  • US BLM Species of Special Concern.
  • US Forest Service Intermountain Region Sensitive Species.
  • US Forest Service Northern Region Sensitive Species.
  • Idaho Native Plant Society rare plant species.

Acronyms and code definitions used by the Idaho Natural Heritage Program (IDNHP) and IFWIS can be downloaded in viewed in this workbook.

The IFWIS Species Diversity data program staff works in tandem with nearly 1,000 scientists, information technology experts, and other professionals in the United States, Canada, and Latin America that comprise the international NatureServe Network.

In 2014, the NatureServe Network received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, recognizing this network as the champion of empirical, non-partisan approaches for conserving biodiversity.

This award-winning network created and maintains the most comprehensive database on the species and ecosystems of the Western Hemisphere, and is expanding its efforts to Africa and Asia. This collective knowledge serves as a vital means of driving conservation decisions through scientific data, so that everyone making natural resource decisions—including governments, conservation organizations, corporations, landowners, and the scientific community—can take biodiversity into consideration as a means to better focus conservation actions and to more responsibly manage natural resources.