Please refer to the Help document below for instructions on the functionality of the NHDE, including how to navigate, submit projects, and create and manage user accounts or subscriptions.  The document is in PDF format and can be quickly navigated using bookmarks and links throughout the document or by doing text searches within the document. For additional assistance with the NHDE please contact Lauren Schlosser (

NHDE Help Document

For status definitions for rare species, please refer to Element Occurrences document below.

For more information on the shapefile attributes of Element Occurrences (NHEOs), Natural Areas (NHNA), and Managed Areas (MAREA), please refer to the following metadata documents:

Element Occurrences (Note: some fields are only visible to users with Tier 1 and 2 access.)

Managed Areas

Natural Areas

Please visit the North Carolina Conservation Planning Tool website for detailed information on the Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat, Agricultural Lands, and Forestry Lands assessments and Open Space and Conservation Lands data set.

For information specifically on important natural communities, please see Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina (4th Approximation) and Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina (3rd Approximation). Note that until complete descriptions of natural communities are available in the Forth Approximation, the older, but full descriptions from the Third Approximation may be useful.

If you cannot find the help you need in the documents above, or if you have questions, need additional information, or need NHDE support, please contact the NCNHP at  For a list of other staff, please see the NCNHP Contacts webpage.