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Summaries for Municipalities

View into tops of trees in an upland forest in spring. By L. Heady
Core forests are one of many data sets included in Habitat Summaries. Photo by L. Heady

To assist with incorporating biodiversity into comprehensive plans, natural resources inventories, open space plans, and other conservation planning projects, our staff can provide customized habitat information to municipalities in the estuary watershed.

Habitat Summaries compile data from various sources, and include a set of maps and tables with information on the municipality's ecological context, wetlands, streams, forests, estuary shoreline features, and other habitats, and plants and animals of conservation concern.

To see if your community has a Habitat Summary, check this list or contact our team to request a copy or a summary for your municipality.

Habitat Summaries in Practice

Examples of how watershed communities have applied Habitat Summary information to conservation and land-use planning were included in a poster our team presented at the Hudson River Environmental Society conference in 2014. (Note: If you are having trouble accessing information on this PDF or need materials in an alternate format, contact Laura Heady for assistance. We are working on creating a web-accessible version of this PDF.)