The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program maintains the state’s most extensive database on rare plants, rare animals, natural communities, natural areas, and conservation lands.
This information can be accessed several ways:
Sharing What We Know
The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program:
- answers information requests from a variety of sources, including federal and state agencies, academic researchers, consultants, land trusts, and the public.
- compiles data, creates maps, and distributes information about rare species, natural communities, and conservation sites.
- provides geographic data layers as well as detailed reports to partner agencies in order to help manage and protect rare species and natural areas.
- provides information that is used for conservation planning.
- provides information that facilitates the design and implementation of ecologically sound development projects, such as new pipeline corridors, roads, communication towers, municipal utility projects.