Users of the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) will soon have to look elsewhere for data on the nation’s biological resources. The USGS announced last month that NBII will be shutdown on 15 January 2012. This means that nbii.gov and any associated applications or tools on USGS or partner websites will no longer be available.
The program’s termination was originally proposed in President Obama’s budget for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Congress, however, accelerated budget reductions for the program. As a result, the USGS was forced to begin to terminate NBII in FY 2011.
NBII is a network of nodes that focus on thematic and regional issues, such as invasive species, bird conservation, and wildlife disease. The program’s website includes numerous tools for scientists and natural resource managers, on topics ranging from fish habitat to protected lands.
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