Good management of scientific data is a critical issue for the Department. The Biogeographic Data Branch (BDB) performs a leadership, policy and standards setting role for biological and geographic data management activities for the entire Department, its contractors, and partner organizations.
BDB provides GIS support for all CDFW branches. This structure facilitates inter-branch teamwork and GIS workload balancing as changing conditions warrant.
BDB contains biological data development programs that are especially dependent and closely linked with GIS and emerging related technologies. These data development activities include vegetation mapping, rare species tracking, species range mapping, aggregation of existing incongruent data sources and decision support systems.
Biogeographic Data Branch (BDB) Programs
- ACE: Areas of Conservation Emphasis
- Climate Change: Climate Change Vulnerability of Rare Plants
- CWHR: California Wildlife Habitat Relationships
BIOS: Biogeographic Information and Observation System online mapping tool
CNDDB: California Natural Diversity Database
VegCAMP: Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program
GIS: Geographic Information Systems services and support
BDB Staff List (PDF)
In 2007 the State Legislature required the Department of Fish and Game to identify high priority areas for vegetation mapping and to map known wildlife corridors in the state. The following report has been provided to the Legislature.
LAO Supplemental Report of the 2007 Budget Act, Item 3640-301-605 – Wildlife Conservation Board / Dept. of Fish and Game (PDF)