Utah Natural Heritage Program
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Utah Natural Heritage Program

A database of rare native Utah species

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The Utah Natural Heritage Program, an integral part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Department of Natural Resources, is the central repository for information on Utah's native plant and animal species, with a focus on rare and other high-interest species.

The Natural Heritage Program is a contributing member of the NatureServe network, which consists of natural heritage programs and conservation data centers across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

The Natural Heritage Program compiles information on Utah's species from a variety of sources, including scientific literature, museum collections and field surveys. This information is provided to government agencies, businesses, researchers, land managers, conservation groups and the public to help inform decisions regarding land use, development and conservation.

Learn about Utah's plants and animals

Utah is home to thousands of native plant and animal species. For more information about the identification, distribution, status and ecology of these species, refer to the Utah Field Guide.

Request information for environmental review

The Utah Natural Heritage Program data request page provides reports on the occurrence of rare plant and animal species near project areas for environmental review and planning purposes. To access the page, follow these instructions to create a UtahID account and request access.

The Natural Heritage Program dataset has been updated to include Wilson's phalarope data. Although Wilson's phalarope is not a current Species of Greatest Conservation Need, a petition has been filed for it to be listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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