You should have received an naherp vote email today if you have any PA records. It is time to vote to release/not release your records. I wanted to explain a little about what purpose this request will serve.
It was originally intended to possibly help with an upcoming PA HERP Atlas project. In what capacity, I do not know. It still might. That said, when PARS (Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey) is official, we will work out data releases at that time to be run either through Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, or through another avenue (and then onto PFBC).
This particular request will be run through PNHP as intended. They typically store rare species data that is used for statewide environmental review purposes. Ms. Gipe is the biologist I have corresponded with. She is part of both PFBC, and PNHP. I have also spoken with Chris Urban. He will most likely be my main PFBC contact for the PARS atlas project.
At the very least, your data will be reviewed by him in regards to PARS and we can work out any imperfections we need to before the atlas is up and running. Secondly, Ms. Gipe will put our records to good use in the meantime.
I know some people were concerned about updating data with coordinates and whatnot. There will still be a future request for PARS. And they will want coordinates. If they will use our past records or not, I do not know at this time.
I just wanted to make this clear. If there are any questions, please ask and if the answers are clear at this point, I will do my best to address them.
This is exciting!
Bob Ferguson, CS