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About the Node

The NBII Mid-Atlantic Information Node (MAIN) is a collaborative project between the USGS NBII, Virginia Tech's Conservation Management Institute, Penn State Institutes of the Environment, and other regional partners to facilitate access to and encourage use of biological resource information across the region. NBII worked closely with these regional stakeholders to develop a strategic plan that provides guidance for node activities. The MAIN encompasses Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Scientific and natural resource management professionals are active in the region, resulting in an abundance of datasets that are often computerized but not easily integrated into the public decision-making process. Our approach is focused on encouraging coordination and cooperation among these professionals in order to provide the tools for data sharing, integration, and visualization that support the management, conservation, and restoration of the region's biological resources.

The Mid-Atlantic region is unique in its ecological breadth. While dominated by the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, the region's natural features vary widely, from Frasier fir forests in the Central Appalachians to important wetland areas such as Blackwater Marsh and the Great Dismal Swamp. The region is also characterized by a range of biological resource problems and stressors, including a large and rapidly growing human population. Issues such as pollution, endangered species, invasive species, acid precipitation, habitat fragmentation, urbanization, transportation, sprawl, and water quality are the subject of much public discourse. These factors combine to create a strong need for coordination and collaboration among the many stakeholders involved in biological resource management.

Please use the information below to contact us with any questions or comments you may have about the Mid-Atlantic Information Node.


Andrea Ostroff
Node Manager
U.S. Geological Survey
National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: (703) 648-4070
Fax: (703) 648-4098

Sarah Wright
Acting Content Manager
U.S. Geological Survey
National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: (703) 648-4083
Fax: (703) 648-4098

Our Partners
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has provided data to the Eastern Brook Trout Initiative and will be working on the Mid Atlantic fisheries data sharing initiative. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offered their support as a test bed for the data entry process during the 2004 Chronic Wasting Disease Data Clearinghouse (CWDDC) demonstration. The Wildlife Disease Information Node continued to work with them during the development of the CWDDC. Maryland's CWD data collection process is paper-based and is looking to use the CWDDC for its data entry.
Partner Type: State Government (U.S.) Partners
Node Affiliation: Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Node; Mid-Atlantic Node
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Mid-Atlantic Fact Sheet

Mid-Atlantic Factsheet

The Mid-Atlantic Region is unique in its ecological breadth, the range of biological resource problems and stressors found in the region, and its large and rapidly growing human population. The region is dominated by the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but its features vary widely, from the Great Dismal Swamp to the Fraser Fir forests in the central Appalachians. The NBII envisions MAIN to be a leader in the distribution of regional data sets and systems. It will include textual and geospatial information and will integrate other online resources. 

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