PA Natural Heritage Program

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) is a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC), the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Its mission is to provide scientific information, expertise, and assistance to support the conservation of biological diversity. The PNHP staff at WPC have responsibility for the inventory and monitoring of species of special concern (both state and federal) and exemplary natural communities; maintenance of the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) database, which contains records for species and communities of special concern; and provision of conservation services to various entities in the Commonwealth. Data collected by PNHP staff and other data maintained in the PNDI database are used by state and federal natural resource agencies for environmental review and also by planning agencies for land use planning and protection. PNHP staff at WPC have expertise in botany, plant and aquatic ecology, ornithology, herpetology, mammalogy, invertebrate zoology, data management, and Geographic Information Systems. Read more about PNHP here.

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