Information Management

We maintain New York's most comprehensive data on rare plants, rare animals and natural communities, with more than 15,000 locations. We provide these data to many users, and generalized information is available online to the general public.

Heritage Data

We have more than 15,000 occurrence records in our database. Let us know when you see a rare plant or animal.

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Fun Facts from the Database

Among New York's counties, Suffolk County has the most rare plant species (175), including a number of coastal plains species found nowhere else in the state. 350 miles to the north, extending from the shores of Lake Champlain and into the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains, Essex County has the second-most rare plants species (79).

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View Data Online

Natural Heritage information is available to view online. Note that locations of rare plant and animals are generalized in these applications.

Environmental Resource Mapper Conservation Guides New York Nature Explorer NatureServe Explorer

Get Heritage Data

New York Natural Heritage makes its data available to inform biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, and project review. Some data are available by download.

Natural Communities GIS Data Natural Heritage Important Areas Request NYNHP Information

Information Management Projects

Information Management staff have a role in all Natural Heritage work. Here are some projects they have coordinated.

Update Hudson Valley Important Areas Biodiversity Priority Areas All NYNHP Projects

Who’s in Our Database?

We track the status and locations of 869 rare plant species, 482 rare animal species, and 182 natural community types across New York.

Rare Animal Status List Rare Plant Status Lists Ecological Communities of New York