The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 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, ecological communities and geologic features). Our purpose is to provide current, reliable, objective ecological data and analysis to help guide conservation work and land-use planning.
Learn about our mission, how we work, and how to contact our staff.
Species and Natural Features
Find species and features subject to environmental review by PNHP jurisdictional partner agencies. View other species of interest, rare natural communities, or geologic features.
Find tools to identify terrestrial, palustrine and aquatic ecological communities found in Pennsylvania and learn about their importance.
Explore interactive maps and conservation tools including the County Natural Heritage Inventory, Conservation Opportunity Area tool, Plant Factsheets, iMap Invasives, Conservation Case Studies and more.
Research and Initiatives
Access PNHP scientific publications and explore projects our staff are working on to address climate change, protect vernal pools, and study plants and wildlife across Pennsylvania.
Visit the Conservation Explorer for conservation planning purposes and Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) environmental review.