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MassWildlife’s Heritage Hub replaces VPRS and allows users to easily report observations.
2/22/2021
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Media Contact for Report species observations, vernal pools, and more with new Heritage Hub system

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

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MassWildlife is pleased to announce the launch of a new online portal called Heritage Hub which allows users to report observations of animals and plants, natural communities, and vernal pools. The system can be used to report any species and MassWildlife is especially interested in reports of animals and plants listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. The Heritage Hub is replacing the Vernal Pool & Rare Species Reporting System (VPRS) and makes electronic reporting easier than ever. MassWildlife is grateful for the many citizen scientists, consultants, and researchers who have contributed 21,537 observations to VPRS over the years and we are looking forward to the launch of the new platform. Visit mass.gov/heritagehub to learn more and register for an account. 

The Heritage Hub is a more user-friendly application, improving the functionality from VPRS and offering several new features, including: 

  • Updated plant, animal, and vernal pool observation reporting 
  • A natural community form 
  • Enhanced user interface via a new mobile-responsive platform 
  • Streamlined account creation  
  • Electronic signature capture 
  • Organization accounts management 
  • Reporting requirements front-loaded for easier navigation 
  • Improved document upload functionality 
  • Streamlined negative data reporting 
  • Enhanced copy report functionality  
  • Modified bulk upload capabilities 

Reports made through Heritage Hub help MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program protect rare animals and plants across Massachusetts. The Heritage Hub was built in collaboration with the Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs IT department. 

Media Contact for Report species observations, vernal pools, and more with new Heritage Hub system

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program 

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats.
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