Rare Plants & Animals

Minnesota County Biological Survey - The Minnesota County Biological Survey (MCBS) began in 1987 as a systematic survey of rare biological features.  The goal of the Survey is to identify significant natural areas and to collect and interpret data on the distribution and ecology of rare plants, rare animals, and natural communities.

Minnesota Natural Heritage Information System (NHIS) - The program's goal is to identify Minnesota's ecologically significant natural lands.  It conducts inventories and research, manages data in a computer-based system, and provides technical advice on Minnesota's native habitats and rare species.  The program identifies and locates significant examples of Minnesota's plant and animal species, plant community types, special wildlife habitats, and special geologic features. 

Minnesota's List of Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species - Minnesota's Endangered Species Statute (Minnesota Statutes, Section 84.0895) requires the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to adopt rules designating species meeting the statutory definitions of endangered, threatened, or species of special concern.  The resulting List of Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species is codified as Minnesota Rules, Chapter 6134.  The Endangered Species Statute also authorizes the DNR to adopt rules that regulate treatment of species designated as endangered and threatened.  These regulations are codified as Minnesota Rules, Parts 6212.1800 to 6212.2300.