Rare and Endangered (“natural heritage”) Species
Per RIGL 20-37-2, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is responsible for approving lists of plant and animal species that are of conservation interest in Rhode Island. Various state and federal regulations key off of those lists. A four-party collaboration consisting of RIDEM, University of Rhode Island, The Nature Conservancy, and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey assist RIDEM by gathering and reviewing data on species occurrences in the state and region and listing species of likely conservation interest in Rhode Island. The current lists:
Rhode Island Rare Plants 2016. This list appeared in the Rhode Island Wildlife Action Plan 2015 as Appendix 1d. For convenience, spreadsheet and stand-alone PDF versions are provided here. As a further convenience the lists posted here add reference numbers, correct some typos, clarify some taxonomic points, and include the 2007 status for comparison.
RI Rare Plants 2016 simple list(.xlsx, 42K)
RI Rare Plants 2016 simple list(PDF, 479K)
Rare Native Animals of Rhode Island. Enser, R.W. 2006. Rhode Island Natural Heritage Program. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Providence, RI.
RI Rare Animals (Enser 2006) (.xlsx, 21K)
RI Rare Animals (Enser 2006) (PDF, 53K)
Rare Native Plants of Rhode Island. Enser, R.W. 2007. Rhode Island Natural Heritage Program. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Providence, RI. DOWNLOAD (PDF, 600K)
Data on Rare and Endangered Species (a.k.a. Natural Heritage Data)
As of December 2013, RINHS is part of the four-member consortium that manages data on natural heritage (rare and endangered) species and natural communities in Rhode Island. Other partners are Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the University of Rhode Island Environmental Data Center (URI-EDC).
To get rare species data for your project contact RINHS and we can refer you to the right member of the consortium.