Natural Heritage Program Publications
Search a list of NHP publications. Publications can be provided electronically for free upon request.
Bound copies of available reports can be purchased by contacting the Natural Areas Inventory Manager.
Regional and County Inventories
Natural Heritage Program biologists work throughout North Carolina to document our natural areas. We conduct inventories for rare animals, plants, wetlands, riparian areas, and plant communities at the scale of a single parcel all the way to an entire county.
Information from these projects has been instrumental in some of North Carolina’s biggest conservation successes over the past 30 years, such as Chimney Rock State Park in the mountains and the Roanoke River landscape-level nature preserves.
View a map that details the inventory status for each county.
The Natural Heritage Program is a leader in monitoring the status of North Carolina's rare plants and animals.
More than 340 natural community types ranging from the grassy balds in the mountains to the maritime forests of the barrier islands have been described in North Carolina. The Natural Heritage Program documents the best examples of these natural communities throughout the state, with site reports, element occurrence records, and GIS-based maps.
These natural communities are described in "Guide to the Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina (Fourth Approximation)" (Schafale 2012). Until complete descriptions of natural communities are available in the Fourth Approximation, the older, but full descriptions from the Third Approximation may be useful.