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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Nature Preserves > Heritage Data Center > About The Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center About The Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center

The Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center, established in 1978, represents a comprehensive attempt to determine the state’s most significant natural areas through an Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center extensive statewide inventory. It is part of the Natural Heritage Network, a worldwide system of Heritage Programs lead by NatureServe.

Indiana has an exceptionally diverse selection of natural habitats, which in turn supports high species diversity. To assure adequate methods for evaluating this information and setting sound land protection priorities the program is designed to provide information about:

  • Natural ecosystems
  • Species
  • Landscape features

The Heritage database contains more than 1,000 records of federally endangered species; more than 12,000 records of state-listed species, and more than 1,300 records of high-quality natural communities. It also has records for more than 700 significant natural areas in the state.

The inventory is a continuous process, becoming an increasingly valuable tool for decision makers and scientists as it progresses.

Uses of Heritage Data Center

The Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center prepares more than 2,000 responses annually for Heritage data information including:

  • State land protection and conservation activities
  • IDNR early coordination
  • Corps of Engineer Public Notices
  • Public Lake and Floodway Permits
  • Coal Mining Permits
  • USFS National Forest, NPS Lakeshore and USFWS Wildlife Refuge management planning
  • Information requests from private consultants and individuals for development planning and research

Request Data

The Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center maintains the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about federal and state-endangered, threatened, and rare species, high-quality natural communities, and significant natural areas in Indiana.

Requests for this information is assessed a fee based on the time needed to complete the request. This charge is $42 per one half hour, one half hour minimum. Most requests take one half hour or less to complete. An invoice for the amount due will be included with the completed request response. This fee is waived for non-profit organizations, other governmental agencies, and educational research projects.

To request this information, please send a letter containing the following:

  1. A description of what information is needed;
  2. A description and a copy of a map of the area of interest;
  3. A brief description of the project.

Send the letter, e-mail or fax to:

Attn: Ron Hellmich
rhellmich@dnr.IN.gov
Division of Nature Preserves
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W267
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Fax: (317) 232-8059

Please allow two weeks for return of the requested information.

The Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center