Shapefiles of our data are available for download from NC OneMap:
- Go to http://www.nconemap.gov/
- Click on the "Geospatial Portal" link
- Search for the name of the shapefile, e.g., enter "Natural Heritage Element Occurrences". See below for descriptions of available data.
- Click on the appropriate result returned by the search.
- Click the "Download/Open" link in the result box.
Look for our quarterly updates in January, April, July, and October.
In addition to Natural Heritage Program data, you may also be interested in the data used in the development of the Conservation Planning Tool. Detailed instructions on how to download these assessments can be found here.
Shapefiles are available for:
- These shapes represent our best estimates of the locations of the rare plants and animals, natural communities, and animal assemblages we track.
- Read the Element Occurrences document for details of the shapefile.
- Some of the species we track are subject to poaching or harassment. To protect these species from harm, species names and other identifying information has been removed. Instead, occurrence records are identified with an EO_ID number. For more information on a record, you must contact the Conservation Information Manager. Include a list of the EO_ID numbers with the request, ideally as a DBF or Excel file. (Many GIS applications allow users to export selected records from the shapefile attribute table directly as a DBF file; such a file is preferred when requesting information.)
- Records for the Blue Ridge Parkway are not included in the shapefile. You must contact the Blue Ridge Parkway if you need information for this area.
- Read the Natural Areas document for details.
- Many of these natural areas are on private land and are not open to the public. Before visiting any of these sites, please contact the landowner for permission.