Conservation Tools

The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program has amassed a tremendous amount of biodiversity data over its existence. Putting that information to work for conservation is primary to our mission and creating tools that allow people to use it has become a critical part of our program. Our interactive maps, reports, and other conservation tools serve different functions but can work together to provide maximum information about the potential biodiversity of a given area.

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Conservation Explorer

Visit the Conservation Explorer for conservation planning purposes and Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) environmental review.

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Natural Heritage Areas

Learn about Pennsylvania’s ecological resources in County Natural Heritage Inventory reports and Natural Heritage Area Story Maps.

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Conservation Opportunity Area Tool

Learn about federal and state protective regulations for vernal pools and access regulations and permitting links.

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iMapInvasives

Track and report invasive species in Pennsylvania with iMapInvasives. Users can access county-level maps showing where invasive species are known to be present.

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Submit or Request Data

Find instructions and forms for submitting data to or requesting data from PNHP.

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Plant Fact Sheets

Read about the appearance, habitat, and conservation management of important plant species in Pennsylvania.

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Conservation Case Studies

Discover a series of case studies, highlighting successful conservation projects across Pennsylvania which have incorporated PNHP information and services.

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Accessing PNHP Information

Learn where to find PNHP data by species, community or location.

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Other Conservation Resources

Access a variety of complementary conservation planning resources for Pennsylvania.

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iNaturalist

Add a Pennsylvania rare species observation to PNHP’s iNaturalist project to be evaluated for possible inclusion in the state’s database of rare species.

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