• Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

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

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  • 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.

  • 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

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  • County Natural Heritage Interactive Map

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

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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.

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March 21, 2016

DCNR Launches New PA Conservation Explorer

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the department and its partners have launched PA Conservation Explorer to assist businesses, local governments and citizens with conservation planning, and improve the process for environmental reviews for threatened and endangered species that are required during permitting for construction and other activities.

February 22, 2016

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on peatland wetlands and the 2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. View the issue here.

November 9, 2015

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on Pennsylvania Natural Communities and Emerging Diseases in PA Amphibians and Reptiles. View the issue here.

September 18, 2015

PA Conservation Explorer: PA’s New Tool for Conservation Planning and PNDI Environmental Review

DCNR is developing a new tool to replace the current PNDI ER Tool. The new tool, called the PA Conservation Explorer, will include both conservation planning and PNDI environmental review components.

September 10, 2015

Vernal Pool Presentation

Listen to a presentation on the identification, wildlife denizens and conservation of vernal pools by PA Natural Heritage invertebrate zoologist Betsy Leppo here.

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