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How to report a Natural Community

Help us by reporting observations of Natural Communities.

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Reporting observations is critical for the continued success of our conservation efforts. We depend on you to help us maintain the highest quality of data in our database.  

To report observations of natural communities, please be sure you have the following:

  • directions to the location
  • date(s) of visit(s) to the location
  • additional documentation, such as photographs, digital images, audio or video recordings, field forms, etc.
  • if you are filing our a paper form you will also need a map with the location of the observation marked as precisely as possible

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Report natural communities using MassWildlife's Heritage Hub!

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Ecologist Review

Our ecologists will review all natural community reports. Once reviewed, you will be sent a notification regarding the status of your submission. You might be contacted to provide additional information, if necessary. 

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PLEASE NOTE:  In making a NHESP Observation Form available for use by the public, we do not authorize or condone entry onto private property without the owner's knowledge and permission. The unlawful trespass onto private property may subject a trespasser to the criminal or civil sanctions available under the law.

For these reasons, we strongly recommend that the permission of the landowner be obtained prior to entering private property to collect information for this form. It is the sole responsibility of each person collecting information for this form to ensure that their activities comply with the law.

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