About Us

The Alabama Natural Heritage Program (ALNHP) is an ongoing, computer-assisted ecological inventory administered through the Auburn University Environmental Institute. The program was begun in January of 1989, and exists to clearly identify significant natural "elements" (rare and endangered species and communities of species) and to help establish conservation priorities in Alabama.

The mission of ALNHP is to provide the best available scientific information on the biological diversity of Alabama to guide conservation action and promote sound stewardship practices. ALNHP pursues this mission by collecting and managing data about the status and distribution of species and ecosystems of conservation concern. ALNHP identifies the state's most significant natural areas through inventories of rare plant and animal species, natural communities, and special geological or ecological features. From the inventories and other data sources, ALNHP use a standardized information management system to compile and track biodiversity data including taxonomy, distribution, status, biology, population trends, and conservation needs of these species and natural communities. We also track non-biological information including land ownership type, land-use and management, distribution of protected areas, and threats to species or their habitat.

ALNHP staff have expertise in a range of fields, including botany, zoology, ecology, environmental planning, GIS, and database management. ALNHP provides the following services: biodiversity data management, inventory, biological monitoring, site prioritization, conservation planning, Geographic Information System services, and land management expertise.

Established by The Nature Conservancy in 1989, ALNHP is part of an international network of programs established in all 50 states, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean collectively known as the Natural Heritage Network (NHN), a centralized repository of information about imperiled species and their habitats. The NHN programs build on a standardized data collection methodology, and the NHN has become the recognized source for the most complete and detailed information on rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems, relied upon by government agencies, corporations, and the conservation community alike. As a member of this network, ALNHP is represented by its membership organization NatureServe (http://www.natureserve.org), a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action.. NatureServe works to aggregate data from individual Network Programs and is dedicated to the furtherance of the Network and the application of Heritage data to biodiversity conservation.

Why do we charge for some of our products and services?
ALNHP is funded solely through contracts and grants to perform specific environmental research and analysis services. While some of our contracts include funding to provide limited services to the public, we are unable to meet the demand from all of our potential clients through contracts and grants. We therefore charge for many of our products and services in order to cover the costs of providing those services. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2010