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Data Request

The Alabama Natural Heritage Program (ALNHP) maintains a comprehensive database of the rare plant and animal species and selected natural communities in Alabama. Data are available to interested parties to assist with the preservation of habitat for rare communities, plants and animals. County level lists can be downloaded from our rare species lists by county page.

Types of Data Available

Site-Specific Basic Data Report
A site-specific report listing species scientific name, common name, Heritage rank, federal status, state status, last observed date, county, quadrangle, and comments about the occurrence for all occurrences in the area searched. Because of species sensitivity and private property issues, some occurrences may have selected data omitted from the report. The data are typically delivered in an Excel Spreadsheet. A map displaying the approximate locations of occurrences, and a written summary of the data characteristics are also available upon request.

Site-Specific GIS Data
A color map and/or GIS data (generalized polygons, not precise locations) can also be provided. GIS data can be provided as a shapefile or file geodatabase feature class. Custom maps, and written summaries can also be provided upon request. 

Species specific requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. Responses are designed to fit the needs of the researcher.

Making a Data Request

To request data, contact us stating your data needs and include the following information:

  • Contact Information: name, company or agency, address, phone, email, etc.
  • Product(s) Requested: Type of data needed and preferred format(s)
  • Location of Area to be Searched: file depicting the search area such as a map showing area of interest, GIS file, USGS Topographic Quadrangle name, or PLSS township, range, and section
  • Type of Project: why the information is needed and how the information will be used

For data requests, please contact Katelyn Lawson, email is preferred:

Alabama Natural Heritage Program
1090 South Donahue Drive
Auburn University, AL 36849

Contact: Katelyn Lawson
Phone: (334) 844-5017
Fax: (334) 844-4462

Response Time

Data requests are processed in the order in which they are received. The response time depends on the backlog and workload at the time your request is received. Requests are generally processed within 5 working days but may take longer. We can do rush reports for an additional fee.

Why do we charge for some of our products and services?

ALNHP is funded solely through contracts and grants to perform specific environmental research and analysis services. While some of our contracts include funding to provide limited services to the public, we are unable to meet the demand from all of our potential clients through contracts and grants. We therefore charge for some of our products and services in order to cover the costs of providing data services. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Request will be charged at $75/hr or the standard fee of $150/county. An invoice will be sent upon completion of your data request. Follow payment instructions on your invoice to remit payment.

Applicability of fee schedule is determined by the GIS Analyst of ALNHP.

How do I pay for data services?

ALNHP will mail an invoice upon completion of your data request. Follow payment instructions on your invoice to remit payment.

Last Updated: 05/20/2020