KSNPC's natural heritage database contains species and natural community data collected during field surveys conducted by biologists or retrieved from both published and unpublished literature. Heritage program staff collect much of the data; however, universities, government agencies, companies, and individuals also contribute. The database is maintained and administered by data services / information management staff. The data enables KSNPC to track and monitor species and ecological communities, and assist in identifying, evaluating and planning related to land protection strategies. Additionally the database is utilized to conduct environmental reviews in an effort to reduce impacts from various types of projects. Federal and state agencies, private consultants, nonprofits and citizens also utilize products generated by KSNPC to assist them in making informed decisions about proposed activities throughout the state.