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Request Natural Heritage Information

There are two types of natural heritage information requests:

  • Environmental review of a proposed project documenting impacts to rare threatened, and endangered species known from our database.
  • Spatial data request (in Shapefile format) of rare, threatened, or endangered species in a delimited location.


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Environmental review

The Mississippi Natural Heritage Program will review a proposed project for impacts to rare, threatened, and endangered species known from our database. Our official response includes a list of species found with a 2 mile buffer of the project, as well as an assessment of project impacts (if applicable) to those species and their habitats.

Submit an environmental review request

Help document for submitting environmental review requests

Note: We will no longer accept email or paper requests effective March 31, 2019. We appreciate your cooperation and welcome your feedback at 601-576-6000

Please mail checks to:
Mississippi Natural Heritage Program
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

 


Spatial data request

To request spatial data (in Shapefile format), please contact Nicole Hodges (nicole.hodges@mmns.ms.gov) and include “Heritage Spatial Data Request” in the subject line. Please note that you must own the property in which you are requesting spatial data. If you do not own the property, you must obtain a signed letter from the landowner stating that you have permission to receive such data.

Please include the following information in the email body:

  • Name and address of user and/or organization
  • Information on the type of data needed 
  • Explanation of how the information will be used 
  • Exact boundaries of the area of concern. You can choose between:
    • A zipped folder (.zip) containing the boundaries Shapefile (preferred)
    • A topographic map (.PDF) clearly describing those boundaries


Time Frame for Response

Environmental reviews and spatial data requests are processed in the order in which they are received. The response time depends on the backlog at the time your request is received; however, requests are usually filled within 14 business days.


Fees

Fees are charged to cover the cost of providing Natural Heritage information services. Both environmental reviews and spatial data requests will be charged at $45/quad. An invoice will be sent and payment should be made by check or money order payable to "Mississippi Natural Heritage Program". Natural Heritage information will only be released after payment is received.

Please mail checks to:
Mississippi Natural Heritage Program
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

 


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Contributing Data

The people of Mississippi are the caretakers of their state's natural heritage. Everyone's support is needed to safeguard our treasury of natural lands and the species that they harbor for future generations.

 

The Mississippi Natural Heritage Program relies on information from a wide variety of sources to develop and sustain its ongoing inventory. Perhaps you can offer such information. Do you know the location of an undisturbed plant community, an important aquatic or marine environment, or the habitat of an endangered species? If so, please contact the heritage program so that the data can be verified and incorporated into the database.

 

Additional Information

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