Nebraska Conservation and Environmental Review Tool

Announcement:  New features have been added to the CERT.

1) A logged-in user can save their map ‘state’ by default such that the map always opens to the last area viewed. From the map view 'Saved Maps' dialog select the checkbox for ‘Always save current map state.” The next time you log in the map will show the previous map extent with the same CERT layers turned on (excludes layers external to the CERT system) and same base map.

2) Layers and layer groups can be moved up and down. This is helpful in cases where a layer is obscured by a layer above it. To move a layer up, hover the mouse to the right of the layer name to see the extended menu button and select either ‘Move Up’ or ‘Move Down.’

Remember to clear your browser’s cache to see the new features.


Welcome to the Nebraska Conservation and Environmental Review Tool (CERT) – an interactive tool for conservation planning and NGPC environmental review.  The CERT provides conservation information on biological diversity, protected lands, and other natural resources for planning purposes and allows users to submit proposed projects for review of potential impacts to threatened, endangered, and special concern species.

Conservation Planning:  The CERT allows users to access conservation information without needing to register and login.  Users can query data layers and download tables with query information.  Users can also make and download maps using the existing data layers or in combination with layers they upload.  To use the CERT for conservation planning, click the Map tab above.  For information on querying data layers or making maps, click the Help tab. In addition, users can register, log in, and use the 'Create Project' function to receive a Conservation Planning Report detailing features in the vicinity of their project.

NGPC Environmental Review:  To be able to submit proposed projects for technical assistance or environmental review, users are required to register and login.  To register, click on Create New Account.  After logging in, users will be able to use the 'Create Project' function to create and submit a project for review.  To get started, click the Help tab and read the 'Creating and Submitting a Project for Review' document.  The review will evaluate the project’s location and activities for potential impacts to state and federally listed threatened and endangered species as well as other at-risk species. 

For the Nebraska Conservation and Environmental Review Tool to properly work, please:

  • Clear your browser's cache by hitting CTRL-SHIFT-DELETE before each use
  • Use the latest version of your internet browsers when available.

Background photo: Sandhills alkaline lake in Garden County, Nebraska. Photo by Gerry Steinauer.