Through the 'Locality Assistance Program for Natural Heritage Conservation,' the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Division of Natural Heritage (DCR-DNH) assists local conservation partners in fully utilizing natural heritage resource information as well as the consultative services we provide to ensure protection of natural heritage resources.
The Locality Assistance Program seeks to establish natural heritage resource information as part of fundamental locality decision-making criteria through tools such as:
The DCR Locality Assistance Program for Natural Heritage Conservation is implemented by Locality Liaisons. Locality Liaisons serve as primary DCR-DNH points of contact for:
Locality Liaisons are available to provide presentations on the Locality Assistance Program, and Natural Heritage Data Explorer to interested localities and other conservation partners. They can also provide basic information on the Virginia Conservation Lands Needs Assessment and the Land Conservation Data Explorer. Each presentation is tailored to the specific organization and is followed by a discussion of the organization's needs.
The Locality Assistance Program offers a suite of optional tools and services to localities and other local conservation partners. Locality Liaisons can provide assistance in selecting amongst the various options in order to tailor the program to local needs.
A full list of the tools and services available in the DCR Locality Assistance Program for Natural Heritage Conservation can be found here.
The subscription provides users with data concerning natural heritage resources (rare, threatened and endangered species, significant natural communities, caves and karst features). Data is available in the form of a shapefile to integrate into an existing GIS, or by access to the Natural Heritage Data Explorer. Subscriptions are free to local governments and other non-profit organizations. A data license agreement is required. Subscriptions last one year, and quarterly updates are provided.
You can access our new Information services form to request services.
View a map of local governments that currently have data subscriptions to determine if localities in your area have natural heritage data to utilize in decision-making.
Please contact your Locality Liaison for additional information or to schedule a presentation for your locality or organization.Alli Baird, Coastal Zone Locality Liaison
This project was funded in part by the Virginia Coastal Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant NA08NOS4190466 task #7 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.