Explore NC's natural areas using our Data Explorer Map.
Our Database Search summarizes Natural Heritage Program data by county, topo map, or statewide.
Do you use GIS software? Instructions on how to download shapefiles of our data can be found here.
View a searchable list of NHP publications
Definitions of State and Federal protection statuses as well as a number of other terms can be found here.
To provide science and incentives to inform conservation decisions and support conservation of significant natural areas in our state.
The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program is part of the Office of Land and Water Stewardship within the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The program serves as an information clearinghouse in support of conservation of the rarest and most outstanding elements of natural diversity in the state. These elements of natural diversity include plants and animals which are so rare or the natural communities which are so significant that they merit special consideration as land-use decisions are made.