Northeast Habitat Map for US and Canada is Now Ready!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Screenshot of the interactive NE Habitat Map web page

An interactive web-based habitat map for the Northeast is now available for use in ecological analyses and for understanding and anticipating the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the U.S. and Canada. Developed by The Nature Conservancy

 and partially funded by the Northeast Climate Science Center, this easy to view map contains consistent and accurate datasets to aid planning, adaptation, and resources management. 
 
 
 
Northeast Habitat Map:  US and Canada                    
                    ”A Game-changer for Conservation” - Hector Gailbraith, Staff Scientist, National Wildlife Federation
 
Have you ever wondered what kind of forest grows on the hill behind your house or in the wilds of boreal Canada, which birds you might find in a North Atlantic salt marsh, or how protected are the Northeast’s alpine summits?  Now this information is at your fingertips through a unique interactive map, covering 13 US states and 4 Canadian provinces. 
 
 The map includes:   
  • Complete coverage of the Northeast’s 140 common and unique terrestrial habitats, from the serpentine ridges of the Gaspe Peninsula to the limestone barrens of western Virginia. 
  • Information on each habitat’s ecology, plants and animals, securement level, regional abundance, and predicted loss to development. 
  • Base maps to explore how the Habitat Map overlays on satellite imagery or topographic maps.
  • Scientifically rigorous datasets, reports, and an interactive map for your computer or cell phone.  
The map and data were created by The Nature Conservancy with funding from the Northeast Climate Science Center and The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The map uses a consistent classification system developed by NatureServe and innovative mapping methods developed by The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Conservation Science team, with help from The Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Atlantic Conservation Data Centre.
 
Visit the Northeast Habitat Map Website to learn more or download data:  http://nature.ly/NEhabitat