HARP’s team of botanists and zoologists perform endangered plant and animal surveys as part of site assessments for development and permitting requirements.  HARP has intimate knowledge of and contributes regularly to the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program which “inventories, catalogues, and supports conservation of the rarest and the most outstanding elements of the natural diversity of our state”. HARP’s scientist have for years contributed to the data base and supports its mission.

HARP’s team performed the Natural Areas Inventories for Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln and Catawba counties.  In Mecklenburg and surrounding counties in both North and South Carolina HARP has performed surveys on 10’s of thousands of acres of land.  During the course of these surveys HARP has located previously undiscovered communities of Helianthus schweinitzii commonly known as Schweinitz sunflower,  Hexastylis naniflora or Dwarf flowered heartleaf and Symphyotrichum georgiamum the Georgia Aster.  HARP has unmatched expertise in the study of these three species endemic to the piedmont.


  • Contracted by NC Department of Transportation to conduct Endangered Species Surveys on numerous road projects in Gaston, Lincoln, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.
  • Performed Natural Heritage Inventory of Mecklenburg County, Gaston County, Cabarrus County and Lincoln Counties to determine local, State, Regional and Nationally significant sites.
  • Monitoring and management of numerous Piedmont Prairie remnants and restoration sites, including sites in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties in North Carolina, and York County South Carolina. (see highlighted project below).

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