This initiative is a public-private collaborative effort that is designed to improve the protection and conservation of natural resources in California. Its aim is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of land use and transportation decision-making. The program will provide up-to-date natural resource data, develop GIS analytical tools for better decision-making, and enhance access to natural resource and other data by the public and local, regional and state decisionmakers. The Great Places Program (GPP) is jointly directed by the Resources Agency, California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Planning and Research. The Information Center for the Environment (ICE) at UC Davis under the direction of the participating state agencies is coordinating geospatial data and tool development.