Beginning with Habitat


Introduction to Beginning with Habitat Maps

The three primary maps--Water Resources & Riparian Habitats, High Value Plant & Animal Habitats, and Undeveloped Habitat Blocks & Habitat Connections--form the core of the Beginning with Habitat information.  As an additional tool for conservation planning, data from these three maps has been overlaid on a separate Co-occurrence Map to symbolize concentrations of environmental resource attributes. Supplemental Map 7 depicts the functional characterization of wetlands and the watersheds in the mapped area. (Other maps in the series have been archived as the data they depicted were merged into the core maps.) 

The information in these maps is the best available, but does not represent a comprehensive inventory of every town or all important habitat areas. The agencies and organizations that provide this information gather new data continuously, but Beginning with Habitat also relies on local knowledge to help fill information gaps and provide supplemental data. Click on the links below to learn more about the individual Beginning with Habitat maps or visit the map availability page to find maps of your town. 


Primary Map 1
Water Resources and Riparian Habitats

Water Resources and Riparian Habitats


Primary Map 2
High Value Plant & Animal Habitats

High Value Plant & Animal Habitat


Primary Map 3
Undeveloped Habitat Blocks
& Habitat Connections

Undeveloped Habitat Blocks & Habitat Connections


Supplementary Map 7
State Planning Office
Wetlands Characterization

Wetlands Characterization



Co-occurrence Map
Concentrations of
Selected Environmental Assets

USFWS Habitats for Priority Trust Species


Regional Map


Regional Map

Build a Map (map viewer only)

Build a Map through the Beginning with Habitat Mapviewer

Paper copies of the maps may be ordered online.  Maps created within the last 2 years are also available online as Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which may be viewed with your Internet Browser.