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20 Most Recent Public BIOS Data Layers

Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS)

This is a list of the 20 public GIS datasets most recently added to CDFW's BIOS web mapping application. A large majority of the datasets in BIOS are available to the public.

If you've arrived here from a web search, please go to the BIOS home page to launch the BIOS application and then find the data you're interested in.

Contact the BIOS Staff — if you have any questions.


  • Recent Stocked Waters - California [ds778]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 12/03/2018. Contact: Janet Brewster, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    This dataset represents locations that have been stocked with fish by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife during the current year and the two preceeding years. Each feature in this dataset represents a California Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcherys inland program fish stocking relea...

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) Commercial [ds85]:: Secure Dataset (Metadata)
    Date Posted: 12/02/2018. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a product of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Biogeographic Data Branch (BDB). The CNDDB is both a manual and computerized library of the status and locations of California's rare species and natural community types. The CNDDB incl...

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) Government [ds45]:: Secure Dataset (Metadata)
    Date Posted: 12/02/2018. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a product of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Biogeographic Data Branch (BDB). The CNDDB is both a manual and computerized library of the status and locations of California's rare species and natural community types. The CNDDB incl...

  • Fish Passage Priorities - CDFW - 2017 [ds2806]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 11/20/2018. Contact: Anne Elston, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC).
    Man-made barriers to salmonid migration include road /stream crossings, irrigation diversions and dams. Road /stream crossings are extremely numerous and often cross multiple road ownerships within a watershed. Passage impediments and delays in migration affect both adult and juvenile fish. Given th...

  • Fishing License Sales Agents - CDFW [ds2797]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 11/20/2018. Contact: Ryan Hill, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    This dataset represents commercial business locations that are California Department of Fish and Wildlife authorized Fishing License Sales Agents. These are locations where the public can purchase fishing licenses. The spatial locations are created by geocoding the address information provided by th...

  • Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infested Waters [ds2801]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 11/15/2018. Contact: Diane Mastalir, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Quagga (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and Zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) mussels are highly invasive and easily transported from one waterybody to another. California has an extensive program designed to prevent the spread of these mussels. This program is coordinated by the California Department o...

  • Vegetation - Mendocino Cypress and Related Vegetation [ds2805]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/30/2018. Contact: Diana Hickson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    The Mendocino Pygmy Forest is one of the best-known examples of a rare natural community in California. The unique soil and climatic attributes and the resulting vegetation of the Mendocino coastal terraces described by Jenny et al (1969), Westman (1975), Westman and Whittaker (1975), Sholars (1979)...

  • Zoning - Ventura County [ds510]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/23/2018. Contact: Jose Moreno, Ventura County Resources Management Agency.
    Zoning, is used in conjunction with the General Plan, with the approval of the County Board of Supervisors to designate land use within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

  • Invasive Plant Species by Quad - CAL IPC [ds1121]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/17/2018. Contact: Dana Morawitz, California Invasive Plant Council.
    This USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle GIS dataset of California contains information on the abundance, spread and management status of 204 invasive plants on the Cal-IPC inventory. This distribution information is derived from 1 of 3 sources: expert knowledge interviews conducted around the state with lan...

  • Vegetation - Great Valley Ecoregion [ds2632]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/15/2018. Contact: Diana Hickson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Geodatabase feature class containing a map of vegetation within the Great Valley Ecoregion produced by the Geographical Information Center (GIC) at CSU Chico. The dataset combines both new mapping and the previously completed Central Valley Riparian and Sacramento Valley and the Southern San Joaquin...

  • Fish Restoration Program Monitoring - San Joaquin Delta [ds2802]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/09/2018. Contact: Rosemary Hartman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Fish catch, invertebrate catch, and water quality data from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta collected by the Fish Restoration Monitoring Program, 2015-2017. The Fish Restoration Program Monitoring Team is tasked with monitoring fish and food web resources in restored tidal wetland sites. These rest...

  • Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Approved Projects [ds672]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/02/2018. Contact: Peter Perrine, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    A comprehensive set of Wildlife Conservation Board projects from board inception in 1949 to present (publication date).

  • Positive Detection Breeding Bird Survey Route Stops - USGS [ds2800]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/02/2018. Contact: Daniel Applebee, California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    To create this dataset, a few of the datasets available online were combined. The "50 stop" data and the "species list" were used and joined with a shapefile of approximate stop locations generated by CDFW staff. Negative detections were recorded, but removed from this dataset due to size constraint...

  • Structure Forming Invertebrates - 2004 [ds2798]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/18/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    This data set depicts the locations of certain structure-forming invertebrates that were found during NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Centers Slope and Triennial trawl surveys. These surveys were designed to sample groundfish populations, not invertebrates. Therefor...

  • Known Kelp Bed Extent - 2002 [ds2799]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/18/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    This data set delineates kelp beds (Nereocystis leutkeana and Macrocystis spp.) along the Pacific Coast of California. Multiple years of kelp mapping data for the state have been compiled into a single coastwide data set. Due to variability in oceanographic and climatic conditions, kelp bed abundanc...

  • Current and Historical Estuary Extent - California [ds2792]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/11/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    Accurate mapping of tidal wetlands is vital for effective conservation and restoration of these valued habitats, and good mapping is key to strategic planning for coastal resilience. Tidal wetlands are defined by regular inundation by the tides; therefore, mapping of tidal wetlands should be based o...

  • Estuary Current and Potential Juvenile Fish Habitat - California [ds2794]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/11/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership(PMEP), is a nationally recognized partnership that seeks to advance regional and national goals relating to fish habitat. PMEP is a consortium of organizations focused on West Coast fish habitat in the region's estuaries and nearshore marine ...

  • Estuary Eelgrass Presence and Absence - California [ds2796]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/11/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership(PMEP), is a nationally recognized partnership that seeks to advance regional and national goals relating to fish habitat. PMEP is a consortium of organizations focused on West Coast fish habitat in the region's estuaries and nearshore marine ...

  • Estuarine Biotic Habitat - California [ds2793]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/11/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    These data represent the Biotic Component (BC) of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard(CMECS) for estuaries of the West Coast of the contiguous United States. The BC is organized into a branched hierarchy of five nested levels: biotic setting, biotic class, biotic subclass, biot...

  • Eelgrass Maximum Observed Extent - California [ds2795]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/11/2018. Contact: PSMFC GIS, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    Eelgrass is a type of marine, flowering seagrass that grows underwater in temperate marine environments around the world, and on the West coast includes three species: Zostera marina, non-native dwarf eelgrass Zostera japonica, and a distinct species to Southern California, Zostera pacifica. In 2014...