Mapping Vermont's Natural Heritage

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Mapping Vermont’s Natural Heritage:

A Mapping and Conservation Guide for Municipal and Regional Planners in Vermont

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is pleased to share Mapping Vermont’s Natural Heritage, a guide for municipal and regional planners.  This guide supplements the work of the Department’s Community Wildlife Program, which offers technical assistance and support to communities seeking conservation strategies for Vermont’s species, habitats, and the networks of land and water that support our natural resources. Because every community has a different set of resources to work with, and because the goals and values of every community require a different set of solutions, this guide was created to empower communities with the information and resources necessary to find conservation strategies that work for them.

Part I describes the datasets found on seven maps.  Open BioFinder Map on a separate tab in your browser, or you can download pdfs formatted for each town in Vermont here.

Map 1:  Conservation Base Map
Map 2:  Land Cover
Map 3: Forest Pattern
Map 4: Physical Features
Map 5: Water
Map 6: Community and Species Scale Wildlife Resources
Map 7: State and Regional Priorities

Part II offers a step by step approach for (1) determining which locations in a community are most important to conserve, and (2) finding conservation strategies appropriate for the community.

Mapping Vermont's Natural heritage 2017 DRAFT

 Thank you

Funding for the development of this guide comes from the State Wildlife Grants program of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Additional support was provided by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the partners of the Vermont Biodiversity project, and members of the public who provided ideas, editing, and feedback.