North Carolina Natural Heritage Program Biennial Reports
As directed by the North Carolina Nature Preserves Act (GS 113A-164.1-.11), the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, submits a report to the Governor and the General Assembly by February 15 of odd-numbered years.
NCNHP is the North Carolina component of an international network of natural heritage programs that reaches from Canada through the United States and into much of Latin America. Members of this network share a common methodology and a commitment to document occurrences of rare species and significant natural areas. The 80 programs that comprise this network are affiliated through NatureServe, a private, nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va.
Established in 1976, NCNHP is housed within the Office of Conservation, Planning, and Community Affairs, within the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Support for all except two positions is funded with receipts from the Natural Heritage Trust Fund (NHTF).
NCNHP works in partnership with a variety of state and federal agencies, private organizations, individuals and corporations to: 1) identify the most significant natural areas of North Carolina, 2) share information about these significant natural areas, and 3) assist with conservation efforts, so that future generations can enjoy the full diversity of North Carolina's natural heritage.
Program activities are summarized in these reports under the three major program areas of NCNHP: Information Services, Inventory, and Conservation Planning and Protection.