The Nevada Department of Wildlife GIS Section collects, analyzes, and maintains the spatial and non-spatial wildlife resource data the Department relies on to make informed, science-based decisions for the successful protection, preservation, management, and restoration of Nevada’s wildlife and habitat. The GIS Section is also tasked with making this information available to improve the general knowledge of Nevada’s wildlife resources and increase the use of that information for the betterment of wildlife management throughout the State.

Data Format

Wildlife resource data is made available through NDOW GIS Data Clearinghouse in the following formats:

  • ESRI ArcGIS shapefiles;
  • GoogleEarthTM zipped Keyhole Markup Language files (KMZ); and
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) map files.

All spatial data is provided in the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 11 North, North American Datum 1983 (NAD83) coordinate system.

Sensitive Data

In order to protect wildlife resources throughout the state, it is recognized that some specific fish, wildlife, and habitat location information may require appropriate safeguards due to the risk and magnitude of loss or harm which would result from the inadvertent or deliberate discloser of such information. To that effect, the Department considers these wildlife resource data Sensitive and has implemented a formal data request process for individuals or organizations to obtain such information. To initiate this process please download and return a completed Data Request Form to the Department.

Download Data Request Form