Natural communities are defined as an assemblage of interacting plants and animals, that repeatedly occur across the landscape under similar environmental conditions. New York Natural Heritage Program ecologists use a wide array of tools, including field surveys, data analysis, and digital mapping, to assess the distribution and condition of natural communities across the state.
New York hosts about 25 globally rare natural communities, three of which are likely "One Hit Natural Wonders" – that means NY is the only place in the world where these communities can be seen. Learn more about these unique communities:Dwarf Pine Plains Dwarf Pine Ridges Hempstead Plains Grassland
Our scientists conduct field inventories and advise on stewardship of rare species and significant natural communities in NYS Parks.Learn More
We have recently increased our efforts to map intertidal and subtidal natural communities through field projects and remote sensing. Read more about our marine program here.Marine Natural Communities