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Directories, Megasites and Online Encyclopedias   

Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory!
Besides having what it claims is the "Earth's biggest environment search engine," this site also is a web directory for all things environmental. Thirty categories are available to lead you to sites dealing with the environment.

Columbia Earthscape
Web portal to resources related to education and research in earth sciences and environmental policy. It is divided into four main sections: research, education, links and resources, and an online magazine, Earth Affairs. The site offers papers, conference proceedings, journal abstracts, a daily news service, and links to databases, datasets, and quality websites.

A project of the NAAEE, eelink provides a multitude of resourses for environmental education.

EnvironLink Network
Commercial Environmental directory and news resource site.

Environmental Law Net
Searchable direct links to federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, environmental laws of countries around the world, international environmental treaties and agreements, and environmental laws of native american tribes

Environmental Resources on the Net
This Long Island University site provides many links to information on the environmental including national sites, and Long Island Sound related sites.

Environmental Science - Web Resources
One of the best compilations of web sites maintained by a college, this Westfield State University site offers extensive links to all areas of environmental studies, from conservation to law. 

EnviroLink Net work
Non-profit organization provides links to government agencies, publications, activist organizations and internet resources.

Envirofacts Data Warehouse
Access to EPA core datasets on air pollution, chemical names and safety, grants, hazardous wastes, regulated facilities, safe drinking water, Superfund sites, toxic chemical releases and water discharge permits.

GreenNet provides information resources that is geared to the needs of non profit organisations, activists and people working for social change
Searchable legal database on Environmental subjects. National and international materials. 

National Council on the Environment 
"The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking."  It includes an online clearinghouse for information.

NatureServe: An Online Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status, taxonomic, and distribution information for over 50,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities in the United States and Canada, provided by the Association for Biodiversity Information and the Natural Heritage Network.

The National Library of Medicine''s grouping of searchable databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. Includes references to toxicology literature from TOXLINE, EMIC (Environmental Mutagen Information Center), and DART/ETIC (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology and Environmental Teratology Information Center); data from HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank), CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System), IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System), and GENE-TOX; and other resources.

Wilderness Net
" is an Internet-based tool connecting the natural resource workforce, scientists, educators, and the public to their wilderness heritage through ready access to wilderness information. Through and its partners, you'll find access to general information about wilderness, stewardship and educational resources, scientific information, agency policies, relevant legislation, communication tools to connect you with others in the wilderness community and more" A very useful source. Excellent for accessing legal information, including Acts.

WWW- Virtual Library - Bio-Science
Extensive index of useful and informative web sites on arth Bio-science topics.

WWW- Virtual Library - Earth Science
Extensive index of useful and informative web sites on arth science topics.

Web Sites      

Agriculture Network Information Center (AGNIC)
Guide to quality agricultural information on the Internet as selected by the National Agricultural Library, Land-Grant Universities, and other institutions.

American Environmental Photographs,1891-1936
Images from the University of Chicago Library provided through the American Memory Project.

Bio-Indicators Page
Page with extensive information from the EPA.

Brownfields, Center for Brownfields Initiatives
University of New Orleans site created to facilitate the redevelopment of brownfields.

EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund
Formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense site, Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to reduce air and water pollution;  to prevent toxic contamination; and to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
U.S. Department of Energy's site, with access to more than 600 links and 80,000 documents.

Endangered Species Act
The entire document online.

Environmental Impact Analysis Data Links
Source for online environmental datasets.

Environmental Media Services
Nonprofit organization provides journalists with the most current information on environmental topics; includes categories for chemicals & health, climate & air, international trade & development, land & transportation, oceans & water, plants & animals.

EPA Sector Notebook Reports
Environmental profiles of several major industries, using key indicators which present air, water and land pollutant release data.

From the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS); consolidates information produced by international bodies on the sound management of chemicals, including documents on chemical safety from organizations worldwide; exposure limits by country, pesticide data sheets, health and safety guides, and physical-chemical data.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Keep up with what's happening with birds and sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts. You can read about recent bird sightings around the state, find a sanctuary to visit or see what worldwide trips are being organized.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Excellent site to begin a search of what is happening in Massachusetts. Find spotlights on many topics including brownfields and perchlorate, publications, resources and contact information here.

Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
Official site of the State Government.

The Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Homepage of Massachusetts Natural Heritage. "The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of the programs forming the Natural Heritage network"

Massachussets Natural Heritage - Datalayers and GIS
The Geographic Information Systems section of the Natural Heritage Program deals with the capture, analysis, and display of rare species, natural community, and habitat information. NHESP produces and maintains several GIS datalayers which are accessible to the public. which are listed here.

National Environmental Policy Act
The NEPA Document online with State and additional Federal information included. Also here.

National Environmental Publications Information
Over 7000 EPA documents with full-text online.

National Library for the Environment
"A free, non-advocacy online environmental information service managed by the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment (CNIE), a non-profit organization. CNIE's mission is to improve the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues through the successful operation of a National Institute for the Environment (NIE). The service provides daily news coverage on environmental issues; access to congressional reports and briefing books, laws and treaties, educational resources; information about jobs & careers, meetings; over 300 links to journals (some full text), virtual topic libraries, reference materials; and much more."

National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources
Information on programs and national policy direction and guidance on the conservation of those marine mammals and endangered species, and their habitats.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Includes three environmental data centers: National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), along with a wealth of related information.

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Policy info, including conservation provisions of the 1996 Farm Bill. Online Legislative Summaries of Congressional activity affecting resource policy added weekly and archived.

National Plants Database
Maintained by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Plants Database allows searching by common or scientific plant name or by topic of interest. You can look for plants that fall under categories such as threatened or endangered, wetland indicator status, invasive and noxious or culturally significant. Photos of many plants are also available.

National Wildlife Federation
The homepage of the nation's largest member-supported conservation group features the latest wildlife news, information about the ongoing work the organization is doing to protect wildlife, and information on how to get involved.

NOAA Photo Library
Browse or search through over 10,000 photgraphs and images, from all periods, covering space, weather, fisheries and fishing methods, aquatic animals, ships, maps, tides and tidal charts, etc.

Pesticide Information Profiles
From Extension Toxicology Network, this site provides an overview of more than one-hundred commonly used insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides and their toxic effects and expected actions in the environment. This site is out of Cornell University.

Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)
Supported by the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) and managed by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; contains renewable resource publications, data, maps, dictionary, and news.

United Nations Environment Program
Information on UN and UNEP conventions and programs.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This site is intended for users of all levels, with sections for kids, educators, concerned citizens, scientists and researchers. Areas of exploration include news, publications, laws and regulations, and projects and programs. There is even a zip code search that allows access to environmental information about a specific geographic area of interest.

U. S. Geological Survey
The science agency for the Department of the Interior, USGS is an independent fact-finding agency that collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.

Environmental History   

American Environmental Photograph
Photographs taken between 1891-1936. This site is from the University of Chicago Library (American Memory, Library of Congress)

Conservation and the Environment: Map Collections **
"The historic and more recent maps contained in this category show early exploration and subsequent land use in various areas of the United States. These maps show the changes in the landscape, including natural and man-made features, recreational and wilderness areas, geology, topography, wetland area, vegetation, and wildlife. Specific conservation projects such as the growth and development of U.S. National Parks are included in this category. " This excellent site is part of the Library of Congress Memory Project. **

Environmental History on the Internet
This University of California at Berkeley site provides a page of links to resources including Environmental History, bibliographies, sample course syllabi and organizations and societies.

Environmental History in Latin America
This Stanford University site provides useful bibliographies for materials on the environmental history of Latin America, divided by region. Many of the texts, though, are in Spanish. This site is being actively developed.

Environmental History Timeline
Click on the timeline to read articles on events from a particular period.

Evolution of the Conservation Movement - 1850 - 1920 ***
"The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress." **Excellent site.

John Muir Global Network
This website provides information on the life and work of John Muir. It also offers links to other sites about Muir.

John Muir Exhibit
This online exhibit created by the Sierra Club

Northeast - Environmental History Bibliography
Useful bibliography of resources. Remember, many of these can be gotten through Interlibrary Loan.

NOAA Photo Library
Browse or search through over 10,000 photgraphs and images, from all periods, covering space, weather, fisheries and fishing methods, aquatic animals, ships, maps, tides and tidal charts, etc.

Trends in Human Environmental History in Central Massachusetts
A nine page paper presented at a conference.

US Fish and Wildlife Conservation History
Includes National Digital Library, Roosevelt pages, Historic Images and Documents and additional links.