Conserving and classifying North Carolina's natural heritage is an integral part of our mission.

To do this, we employ tools that aid in identifying and classifying natural areas in the state. Learn about the various ways our program classifies these areas to protect and conserve the natural treasures they contain. Conservation easements are eligible for monitoring and management services via our Stewardship Program.

Visit the links below to learn more about how the Natural Heritage Program works to maintain and protect our natural treasures.