• 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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May 15, 2015

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on Beaver and Chester Natural Heritage County updates and the Natural Communities and Heritage of Raccoon Creek State Park. View the issue here.

February 20, 2015

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on Freshwater Mussel Surveys and the Aquatic Vegetation of the Delaware River. View the issue here.

January 28, 2015

New Homepage for Pennsylvania iMapInvasives

PNHP has developed new online resources for Pennsylvania’s iMapInvasives database. The new webpages reside on the PNHP website and provide information about invasive species including educational resources, a gallery of PA invaders, current news, and instructions on utilizing the iMapInvasives database.

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.

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