County Natural Heritage Inventory
Since 1989, PNHP staff have been conducting inventories of the
ecological resources in each county of the Commonwealth. Nearing
the completion of the first round of inventories, a new phase of
CNHIs is beginning. Read more here.
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Study
This native Pennsylvanian snake is a candidate species for federal
listing under the Endangered Species Act. WPC is doing some of the most
thorough research to date on this relatively timid and reclusive reptile.
Experiments to determine the best management approaches to maintain and
restore massasauga habitat are now underway. This project is funded by
State Wildlife Grants.
Aquatic Communinity Classification Project
Aquatic ecologists in the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program began
this project in 2000 to develop a classification of all of the fish,
insect, and mussel communities in Pennsylvania's streams and rivers.
This classification is one of the few comprehensive aquatic community
classifications in the nation. The final report detailing the project,
the results & classifications, and conservation recommendations has
recently been published. Read More.
Allegheny Pools Mussel Project
Many freshwater mussels in the Allegheny watershed are either federally
endangered and/or species of concern in Pennsylvania. This project will
provide information that will aid in monitoring, conservation and restoration
efforts for imperiled freshwater mussels. This project is funded by State
Seasonal Pools Registry
The Pennsylvania Seasonal Pool Registry Project is a citizen-based program
to document locations of seasonal pools across the state. PNHP is relying on
volunteer participants to help us to locate seasonal pools. The information
generated by the project can be used by researchers to better study the
complex ecology of seasonal pools. Agencies can use the information to
protect these often-overlooked wetlands. It also gives citizens a chance
to support the protection of wetlands and to observe a unique natural habitat.
Ohio River Basin Floodplain Classification
The goal of this project is to characterize and classify floodplain vegetation
communities in river drainages of the Ohio River watershed, which includes river
drainages within the Allegheny, Beaver, Monongahela, and Upper Ohio River
Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum
The Rare Plant Forum is a function of the Vascular Plant Technical Committee
of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, and for over twenty-five years has served
in an advisory role to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for issues related to the
conservation of the native flora of Pennsylvania. In addition to discussing
proposed changes to the list of Plants of Special Concern in Pennsylvania (POSCIP),
there are usually a few related presentations.