FNAI was founded in 1981 as a member of The Nature Conservancy's international network
of natural heritage programs, now coordinated by NatureServe. The Mission of the Florida
Natural Areas Inventory is to collect, interpret, and disseminate ecological information
critical to the conservation of Florida's biological diversity. FNAI's database and expertise
facilitate environmentally sound planning and natural resource management to protect
the plants, animals, and communities that represent Florida's natural heritage.