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The Natural Heritage Database Search provides lists of rare plants and animals, exemplary or unique natural communities, and important animal assemblages (e.g., heronries and colonial waterbird nesting sites) known to the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. By default, records are summarized by county, but you also have the option to summarize the records by 7.5-minute (1:24,000 scale) USGS topographic maps or simple statewide summaries. Below are brief notes on use of the database search. For more information on use of the database search or for an explanation of the values returned by the search, see the "Help and Definitions" link above.
Use of North Carolina Natural Heritage Program data should not be substituted for actual field surveys, particularly if the project area contains suitable habitat for rare species. If a database search lists no records for a project area, it does not necessarily mean that they are not present. The area may not have been surveyed by biologists, or the data may not have been reported to the Natural Heritage Program.
Information obtained from the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program Map Viewer should be cited as follows: North Carolina Natural Heritage Program Online Database Search. [search date]. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Land and Water Stewardship, Raleigh, NC. Available at: www.ncnhp.org.