News Upgrade to MassWildlife's Heritage Hub

Improvements to the online reporting and filing system make it easier for those filing MESA Regulatory Review forms.
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Media Contact for Upgrade to MassWildlife's Heritage Hub

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MassWildlife is pleased to announce a major system upgrade to the Heritage Hub. Since early 2021, the Heritage Hub web portal has provided an avenue to submit plant, animal, vernal pool, and natural community observations to MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). The recent upgrade includes two new forms allowing users to file their MESA regulatory review applications electronically.

The new Request for State-listed Species Information form can be used to request rare species information for proposed development projects or for habitat management and conservation purposes. The new Project Review Checklist form provides an online option for applicants with proposed projects and activities within Priority and/or Estimated Habitat of state-listed species to file electronically with the NHESP. For more information on filing requirements see our Regulatory Review webpages.

The Heritage Hub upgrade includes: 

  • two new MESA online filing forms,
  • electronic payment portal,
  • greater transparency (e.g., notifications on review timelines, streamlined communication with project proponents, and easier access to determination letters), and,
  • enhancements to the Observation forms and bulk upload features.

Current users will see the new “MESA Forms” menu at the top of their screen. New users can visit to learn more and register for an account. 

Media Contact for Upgrade to MassWildlife's Heritage Hub

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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