Welcome to the

North Carolina Natural Heritage Data Explorer

Interactive access to maps of Natural Heritage resources for North Carolina.

Access Levels

Open Access: Use the Map to view, query, and create maps of natural heritage and other natural resource data.

Use Species/Community Search to search our database and create summaries of natural heritage resources by county, USGS topographic map, conservation status rank, protection status, and taxonomic group.

Subscription Access: To access natural heritage Element Occurrence Records and use the data explorer for site-specific project review, you must first create a Data Explorer account and create or join a subscription.

Training is required before access is granted to data for protected species. Training is provided at no cost. Please see the NHP Events page for upcoming training opportunities.


Effective October 8, 2018, North Carolina's Natural Heritage Program has begun collecting fees for:

  • online access to Element Occurrence data through the Natural Heritage Data Explorer website,
  • self-service project reviews through the Natural Heritage Data Explorer website,
  • customized environmental reviews by NHP staff,
  • downloadable GIS files of Element Occurrence Records, and,
  • custom field surveys by NHP staff.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. The new rules and fee schedule can be found here.

As a reminder - federal, state, local government, and nonprofit organizations will be exempt from fees.

For more information about the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, visit our homepage.

 We recommend using up-to-date versions of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Note: The Data Explorer does not work with Internet Explorer 10 or earlier. If you're having problems regardless of the web browser you're using, try clearing your browser's cache.