Providing the scientific basis for effective biological conservation in Alaska
What We Do
Alaska Natural Heritage Program (AKNHP) collects, synthesizes, and validates information on Alaska’s animal and plant species of concern and their habitats, ecosystems of concern, and invasive species. We provide this information to government, business, land managers, scientists, conservation groups, and the public. Additionally, we help organizations develop conservation plans.
The Natural Heritage Network
Alaska Natural Heritage Program is one of more than 75 independent heritage programs in the Natural Heritage Network, which includes Heritage Programs in all 50 states and Conservation Data Centres in most Canadian provinces and many Latin American countries. We use Biotics maintained by NatureServe to link our data to these other Natural Heritage Programs and Data Centres, and we use a shared NatureServe protocol to track and rank rare species and habitats. AKNHP became part of the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1993, residing in the College of Arts of Sciences. In 2015, AKNHP joined the newly formed Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS).