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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.


  • 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).

  • Recent Stocked Waters - California [ds778]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 10/02/2018. 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...

  • 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...

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) Commercial [ds85]:: Secure Dataset (Metadata)
    Date Posted: 10/01/2018. 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: 10/01/2018. 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...

  • 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...

  • Fishing License Sales Agents - CDFW [ds2797]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 09/11/2018. 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...

  • Land Use - Sacramento San Joaquin Delta - 2015 - Land IQ [ds2791]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/28/2018. Contact: John Lance, California Department of Water Resources.
    Delta Landuse dataset for the extent of Delta Boundary. Delineated on Pleiades Image from July 13-14, 2015. The dataset is a comprehensive landuse for the period of July 13-14 2015 and also contains information on agricultural classes for spring 2015. Major assumption of this dataset is that the nat...

  • Designated Heritage and Wild Trout Waters - CDFW [ds1356]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/24/2018. Contact: Stephanie Hogan, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    This dataset represents lakes, stream reaches and, where applicable, their tributary systems which are the designated Heritage or Wild Trout waters in California. The individual waters are proposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlifes Heritage and Wild Trout Program, and officially des...

  • CVPIA Refuge Conveyance Waterways [ds2635]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/24/2018. Contact: Jeffrey Shu, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Data was compiled to provide a singular visual representation of conveyance waterways and features available to deliver water to CVPIA wetland habitat area and to which delivery points. The data is intended to be used to evaluate whether potential new sources of refuge water supplies can utilize exi...

  • California Freshwater Conservation Blueprint - TNC [ds2790]:: Public Dataset (Metadata)
    Date Posted: 08/22/2018. Contact: Jeanette Howard, The Nature Conservancy.
    Conservation scientists have adapted conservation planning principles designed for protection of habitats ranging from terrestrial to freshwater ecosystems. We applied current approaches in conservation planning to prioritize California watersheds for management of biodiversity using the Zonation so...

  • Aerial Tree Death Report - 1973 to 2017 - CalFire [ds2783]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/22/2018. Contact: Jeffrey Moore, US Forest Service.
    This feature class contains pest and fire mortality mapped during surveys from 1973 to 2017 in California and USFS Region 5. Includes estimates of trees per acre and number of trees affected, tree species affected, damage type, and damage causing agents when available. Data collected in or near Cali...

  • Natural Communities Commonly Associated with Groundwater - Vegetation [ds2788]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/21/2018. Contact: Amy Lyons, California Department of Water Resources.
    The Natural Communities Commonly Associated with Groundwater (NCCAG) Vegetation data set is a compilation phreatophytic vegetation from 45 publicly available state agency and federal data sets. The extracted vegetation features are considered to be commonly associated with groundwater based on publi...

  • Natural Communities Commonly Associated with Groundwater - Wetlands [ds2789]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/21/2018. Contact: Amy Lyons, California Department of Water Resources.
    The Natural Communities Commonly Associated with Groundwater (NCCAG) Wetland dataset is a compilation of regularly flooded natural wetlands and riverine areas as well as springs and seeps extracted from 3 publicly available federal data sets. The extracted wetland and stream features are commonly as...