• 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

    hemlock trees
  • 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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November 7, 2014

2014 PA Botany Symposium

The 2nd biennial meeting for academic, professional, and amateur botanists to share current research will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College on November 7 and 8. Register here.

October 28, 2014

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on the Berks County Natural Heritage Inventory update and Pennsylvania Crayfish. View the issue here.

September 15, 2014

Berks CNHI Update Complete

The Berks County 2014 Natural Heritage Inventory Update is complete and available to download here.

August 11, 2014

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on tracking the West Virginia White Butterfly, Piping Plovers on Presque Isle, and volunteering in data management. View the issue here.

April 30, 2014

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on Bryophytes and Lichens of Dry Oak Heath Forest Communities, plants at the edge of their range, and preserving species records. View the issue here.

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