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Washington Natural Heritage Program

Our Mission

Conserve Washington’s biodiversity.

Our Focus

Collecting, organizing, and sharing information on rare species and ecosystems.
Using scientific expertise to establish conservation priorities and to assist our conservation partners.

Our Work

Species and Ecosystems Inventory

Our staff and cooperators conduct field surveys for rare plants, animals and ecosystems. This inventory is the foundation for most of our other conservation work.

Information Management and Analysis

We have been compiling objective scientific information on priority species and ecosystems for 30 years. We analyze and share this tabular and GIS data with government agencies, consultants, and conservation organizations.

Establishing Priorities

We assign conservation ranks for species and ecosystems based on rarity and threats. This identifies the entities most in need of conservation effort.

Conservation Planning

Our inventory, information, and priorities are used by many organizations to guide conservation action. They are the basis for establishing or expanding Natural Area Preserves and Natural Resources Conservation Areas.

WA NHP Data and Initiatives

  • State of Washington Natural Heritage Plan

    The purpose of the State of Washington Natural Heritage Plan is to identify priority species and ecosystems to be considered in the selection of potential natural areas and the criteria and process by which natural areas are selected.

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Quick Facts

Washington Natural Heritage Program
Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 47014
Olympia, WA 98504-7014

Contact Information

Phone: (360) 902-1667
Fax: (360) 902-1789
Email: natural_heritage_program@dnr.wa.gov


Founded in: 1977

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