NHESP Mapping (Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program)
Land located within a Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program (NHESP) is governed by Mass Wildlife, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP). NHESP protected areas are created to protect plant and wildlife species which are considered to be species of concern. Land located within NHESP areas provide development constraints specific to the protective nature of the species of concern. Development standards for each specific activity within an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) have jurisdictional regulatory authority included but not limited to Mass Wildlife, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP), and local Conservation Commission. Land value within an NHESP is constantly fluctuating in value depending on regulatory restrictions and development techniques which is evaluated on a case by case basis. Consultation may be required with a wetland botanist, biologist, environmental scientist, civil engineer, or a land use attorney.