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Environmental Science and Conservation

Gov Docs online

Explore our Government Information research guide for help finding information from Federal and state governments. Governments produce thousands of useful publications and websites.

A small sample:

The revised U.S. Forest Service Atlas of Climate Change  - 2 parts: Climate Change Tree Atlas or Climate Change Bird Atlas.

Plants Database by the National Plant Data Team (NPDT): Standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. 

Fish & Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflets on a range of subjects.

Government agencies publish lots of reports: for example: 

Kline, Jeffrey D.; Mazzotta, Marisa J. 2012. Evaluating tradeoffs among ecosystem services in the management of public lands. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNWGTR-865. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 48 p


Using you can search for government documents and websites relating to science.  Browse for sites about Natural Resources and Conservation.

The National Agricultural Library database is AGRICOLA. But they also have websites about specific areas, such as:

There is also an EPA information website, National Service Center for Environmental Publications


CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress.

CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process providing background information and data on public policy issues.