• Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

    The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program provides scientific information, expertise, and assistance to support the conservation of biological diversity.

    Cherry Creek
  • Conservation Planning

    County Inventories are designed to inform the county residents about their living heritage and for use in planning the future of their communities. Read More

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  • Pennsylvania Species of Special Concern

    The PA Heritage Program maintains the most up-to-date list of ecologically significant species and communities in the state. Vist our species list page to see which special concern species reside in your county or watershed.

    Orchid
  • Aquatic Community Classification Project

    The Pennsylvania Aquatic Community Classification (ACC) project describes patterns in aquatic biodiversity to help conservation activities and aquatic resource management in the region. Read More

    Kettle Creek
  • County Natural Heritage Interactive Map

    View our statewide interactive map featuring data from the County Natural Heritage Inventory

    Interactive Map

Our Purposeline

The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) is a member of NatureServe, an international network of natural heritage programs that gather and provide information on the location and status of important ecological resources (plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, natural communities and geologic features). Our purpose is to provide current, reliable, objective information to help inform environmental decisions. PNHP information can be used to guide conservation work and land-use planning, ensuring the maximum conservation benefit with the minimum cost.

News & Updates

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September 13, 2019

Conservation Opportunity Area Tool

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently announced publication of the new Conservation Opportunity Area Tool.

August 16, 2019

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on surveying for globally rare butterflies and more. View the issue here.

May 31, 2019

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on Changing our minds about Fungi and documenting insect declines. View the issue here.

May 8, 2019

PNHP 2019 Annual Report

The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program's Annual Report for 2018 is available.

December 19, 2018

DCNR Wild Plant Regulations Finalized

Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, DCNR’s plant regulations will be published in final-form in the PA Bulletin.

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