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Our Database Search summarizes Natural Heritage Program data by county, topo map, or statewide.
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Definitions of State and Federal protection statuses as well as a number of other terms can be found here.
To apply science to conservation, planning, and business decisions.
The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program is part of the Office of Land and Water Stewardship within the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The program serves as an information clearinghouse in support of conservation of the rarest and most outstanding elements of natural diversity in the state. These elements of natural diversity include plants and animals which are so rare or the natural communities which are so significant that they merit special consideration as land-use decisions are made.
The public comment period is now open for the following rules under review pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A:
NOTE: Due to recent unexpected technical difficulties with the Rules Review website, the comment period has been extended for 15A NCAC 12H. If you submitted comments prior to July 9, 2015 on this subchapter, you are encouraged to resubmit all comments in the likely event that they were not originally received. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The revised public comment period for the rules is: May 20, 2015 through September 8, 2015.
The public may provide comments by clicking this link: http://rulesreview.ncdenr.gov/. From here, a list of subchapters under review are available on the left. Each subchapter is linked to a table that lists each rule by citation number, name, whether the rule implements or conforms to Federal Regulation and the agency's initial determination. Clicking on the rule citation number will take the user to the rule itself. Each row has an "Add Comment" button. From here, a form will be displayed where you can enter and submit your comment by answering the required questions. The user also has the option to submit a comment by sending a document/file. Information regarding file size limitations are included. A public comment is defined as, a written comment objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public (G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5)). In order for a comment to be considered by the Rules Review Commission, the comment must address the content of the rule. The user may provide an affiliation in the boxes provided, although it is not required. All comments submitted will be sent electronically to authorized staff.
DENR Rule Comments, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699