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Natural Heritage Bureau

Natural Heritage Bureau

New Hampshire's natural landscape supports a diverse assemblage of native plants and animals, including almost 200 natural community types, about 2,000 plant and tree species, and over 20,000 animal species. Through field surveys and with a comprehensive database, the Natural Heritage Bureau finds, tracks, and facilitates the protection of New Hampshire's rare plants and exemplary natural communities.

The Bureau's mission, as mandated by the Native Plant Protection Act of 1987, is to determine protective measures and requirements necessary for the survival of native plant species in the state, to investigate the condition and degree of rarity of plant species, and to distribute information regarding the condition and protection of these species and their habitats. The Bureau also maintains information on rare wildlife in cooperation with the NH Fish & Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.