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The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program provides current, reliable, objective, accessible information on Pennsylvania’s ecological resources to help inform land-use planning, conservation, and development decisions.
The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) is a partnership between the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and multiple state agencies: the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, and the Game Commission. It operates in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is a member of NatureServe, the international network of heritage programs.
PNHP collects data and conducts inventories on plants, wildlife, and other natural resources throughout the state. It is recognized for its high-quality scientific work and staff expertise.
The PNHP website features a wealth of information (available free-of-charge) that government agencies, conservation groups, educators, companies, and individuals use in planning and projects. The website’s resources include the following:
Nothing contained in this document is intended to be relied upon as legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship. The material presented is generally provided in the context of Pennsylvania law and, depending on the subject, may have more or less applicability elsewhere. There is no guarantee that it is up to date or error free.