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New York Natural Heritage Program

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A partnership between SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), we facilitate the conservation of rare animals, rare plants, and natural ecosystems, and the reduction of the threat of invasive species to native ecosystems.

We've Moved!

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NYNHP has a new website. Please visit us and bookmark our new address.

Our new website is now the home of the Rare Plant Status List, the Rare Animal Status List, and Ecological Communities of New York State.

You may also want to check out iMapInvasives, an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.


More about New York Natural Heritage Program :

  • Rare Plants - Botany staff keep track of the status of New York's rare flowering plants, conifers, ferns and fern allies, and mosses.
  • Rare Animals - Zoology staff survey rare animal species of all vertebrate groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and selected rare species from the invertebrate groups of butterflies and moths, beetles, dragonflies and damselflies, mayflies, and freshwater bivalve mollusks. Zoology staff also collect data on significant animal concentration areas.
  • Ecological Communities - Ecology staff assess and delineate New York's natural communities which are variable assemblages of interacting plant and animal populations that share a common environment.
  • Request Natural Heritage Information for Project Screening - Instructions on how to request data from the New York Natural Heritage Program.
  • Contribute Data - To continue building a comprehensive, up-to-date database of information on the locations of rare species and ecological communities in New York State, we invite your contributions. The Rare Species Reporting Form is for first-hand observations in the field.