Virginia Natural Heritage Data Explorer

Welcome to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s 

Natural Heritage Data Explorer


This site provides interactive access to various map data representing Natural Heritage resources and other conservation values in Virginia.

This site should be viewed in Firefox version 3.6 or higher, Google Chrome, or Safari version 3 or higher.

Open Access:  You do not need to register for use, nor log in, if you are interested in using the site for land use planning or conservation planning.  Anyone can freely view and create maps of conservation status and conservation values, by clicking the “Map” tab above.  Click the "Species/Community Search" tab to search our database and create summaries of Natural Heritage Resources (i.e. rare species populations and natural communities) by conservation status ranks, counties, watersheds, and other descriptors.

Subscription Access: A subscription is required to access additional sensitive Natural Heritage Resources data, and/or to use the site for project review.  If you represent a company, conservation organization or government agency looking for this service, create a website account in order to create or join a subscription.

Visit our homepage, for more information on the Virginia DCR – Division of Natural Heritage.