About the Colorado Natural Heritage Program

General Information

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) tracks and ranks Colorado's rare and imperiled species and habitats, and provides information and expertise on these topics to promote the conservation of Colorado's valuable biological resources.   Data maintained in the Colorado Natural Heritage Program database are an integral part of ongoing research at CSU and reflect the observations of many scientists, institutions and our current state of knowledge.  These data are acquired from various sources, with varying levels of accuracy, and are continually being updated and revised.  CNHP also offers a wide range of related services including biological monitoring, research, mapping, and conservation planning services.

CNHP is a nonprofit organization, and is a sponsored program of the Warner College of Natural Resources, Department of Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.  We are also a member of the NatureServe Network, an international network of partners that use the same scientific methodology to enable scientists to monitor the status of species and natural communities from state, national, and global perspectives.

Our Mission

To preserve the natural diversity of life by contributing the essential scientific foundation that leads to lasting conservation of Colorado's biological wealth.

Our History

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program was created in 1979 to identify and describe areas of statewide and global conservation significance and to educate decision makers regarding the impacts of various land use options. Today, CNHP is housed inside the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology as a sponsored program of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

About the Natural Heritage Network

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is a proud member of The Natural Heritage Network, which is made up of 75 independent heritage program organizations located in all 50 U.S. states, ten Canadian provinces, and 12 countries and territories located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. All Heritage Network Members track and rank rare species and habitats using the same scientific criteria as overseen by NatureServe, The Natural Heritage Network parent organization.