Area of land and/or water where a species or natural community is, or was, present and has practical conservation value. For more information see Natural Heritage Methodology.
an individual example of an element (a natural community, a rare plant population, a rare animal population, or other feature tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory program) at a specific geographic location.
A record or series of records of rare, endangered, threatened, and special concern plant and animal species, and natural communities, tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory program.
The locational record representing a single, extant habitat, which sustains or otherwise contributes to the survival of a population or self-sustaining example of a particular element. The criteria that establish what does or does not qualify as an EO are necessarily dependent upon the biological requirements of the element.
An area of land and/or water in which a species or natural community is, or was, present.
The place where an individual biotic piece is or was found on the landscape (land or water). For a species, an EO is generally the habitat occupied by a local population. For an ecological community, an EO may be the area containing a patch of that community type.