PNDI Environmental Review Tool
The Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Environmental Review Tool
(PNDI ER Tool) enables the public to perform online PNDI searches for
potential impacts to threatened, endangered, special concern species and
special concern resources in PA. You will need to create an account to access
the PNDI tool.
PA Conservation Explorer: PA's New Tool for Conservation Planning and PNDI Environmental Review
DCNR is developing a new tool to replace the current PNDI ER Tool. The new tool, called the PA Conservation Explorer, will include both conservation planning and PNDI environmental review components. It will provide improved access to visible conservation information, leading to better project planning and fewer impacts on T&E species and resources of special concern.
Although most parts of the tool will be free of charge, DCNR intends to recover some of the costs of developing and managing the new tool by charging a $40 fee per PNDI Receipt. The fee policy was recently published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. To see the full notice in the PA Bulletin, click here. The policy is open for public comment until October 17, 2015.
View the PA Conservation Explorer flyer here.
Latest PNDI News
As of May 4, 2015, the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) federal listing determination of threatened and the interim 4(d) rule is effective. The PNDI Tool has been updated to reflect this change. To ensure your project considers potential impacts to this federally-listed species, projects reviewed prior to May 4, 2015 should be re-screened using the PNDI Tool. However, the entire PNDI process with DCNR, PGC and FBC does not need repeated; only the new screening for USFWS. Read the full notice here.
New USFWS address
Effective November 6th, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service PA field office has a new address:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Pennsylvania Field Office
110 Radnor Rd; Suite 101
State College, PA 16801
PNDI Project Size Update
Effective September 21, the online PNDI Environmental Review Tool will accommodate linear projects up to 10 miles in length and area projects up to 5,165 acres. Projects that exceed these limits can be submitted for environmental review as a Large Project.
PNDI receipts valid for 2 years
Effective July 2, 2012 PNDI receipts and clearance letters issued by the jurisdictional agencies will be valid for two years.
USGS Topographic Maps
We have replaced the terrain overlay on the Google Map with a USGS topograhic map overlay. To view the topographic maps, click on the 'Topo Map' button located on the upper right hand corner of the map.
Interactive Statewide County Natural Heritage Inventory Map
The statewide County Natural Heritage Inventory Map is now available. The interactive map can be viewed here.
New Botanical Survey Protocols
As of January 2011, we recommend scientists surveying for plant species of concern follow DCNR 's new botanical survey protocols. The new protocols are available here.
PNDI Tool Upgrade
The PNDI tool is now using Google Maps to assist users in locating and drawing their projects.
Google Maps provides several new features including aerial photography and the ability to locate a project area using
a street address (geocoding).
Read past updates