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Natural Heritage Program - Request Information

Natural Heritage Program

Request Information

The Natural Heritage Program's BIOTICS data management system has become the standard reference for consultants, scientists, and planners who require accurate science-based data on the location and condition of species and natural communities in North Carolina.

To keep this information available free of charge, the Natural Heritage Program relies on support from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and partners including the N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The two most common kinds of requests for information from the Natural Heritage Program database are:

Site-specific request
a list of rare species, natural communities, natural areas, or conservation managed areas near a specific location within North Carolina
Rare species request
information about a rare plant or animal tracked by the Natural Heritage Progam
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Site-specific Information Requests

NOTE:

Submitting a site-specific request initiates a search of the NCNHP database by a staff member; no field work is done on the site by NHP staff. The absence of records of natural heritage elements within or near a project area does not necessarily mean that they are not present. It may simply mean that the area has not been surveyed. The use of Natural Heritage Program data should not be substituted for actual field surveys.

To request information from the NHP BIOTICS database about a specific site, please provide ALL of these items:

  1. A completed information request form;
  2. A cover letter that describes the proposed activity, including existing vegetation cover, structures at the site, and the type of data requested; and  
  3. A map with the project area clearly outlined. Preferably the base map would be a USGS topographic map with the name of the quadrangle used.

Additional information that would be useful:

  • Additional locator maps showing the project location in relation to labeled major highways, rivers, creeks, and towns 
  • GIS shapefile of the project area
  • Project boundary overlaid on a recent aerial photo
  • Parcel identification number(s) for the project area

Please mail or email your request to:
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1601 or
to .

NOTE:

We want to make sure your request is answered in a timely manner. Responses to information requests will typically be provided in two weeks; however, complex requests or requests received during periods of heavy workload may require additional time.

 

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Request Information about Rare Species

  • Use online Data Services.
  • Contact Natural Heritage Program staff. Inventory specialists may be able to answer questions about rare species and important natural areas in North Carolina’s Sandhills, Foothills, Northern Mountains, and Southern Mountains regions. Raleigh-based biologists can also provide information about rare species across the state.
  • Search NatureServe Explorer for rangewide information about species.
  • Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website for more information about federally listed species in North Carolina.
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