May 6, 2021: It All Begins with Habitat: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Learn about how Beginning with Habitat can help you with your community conservation goals, and dive into an online habitat map viewer.

About this Event


This workshop features presentations by staff from the Maine Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Beginning with Habitat program, and an interactive online map viewing session.

WHO should attend: Conservation commissioners, planning board members, other municipal board members, municipal staff, community volunteers

Program Details

Presenters: Amanda Cross, Program Coordinator, and Michelle Warner, Cartographer, Beginning with Habitat, Maine Division of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Beginning with Habitat helps Maine municipalities make scientifically informed choices about where to encourage development and where to focus their conservation efforts. The program houses the most comprehensive information on the location and quality of waters, wetlands, plant and animal habitats, and large unfragmented landscapes statewide. Much of this information is available online through their maps database, and they also provide every Maine town with three primary maps and three supplemental maps with a range of information specific to their location.

Ms. Cross and Ms. Warner will discuss their Beginning with Habitat Toolbox, outlining conservation strategies such as comprehensive and open space planning, land use ordinance tools, wetland and shoreland zoning tools, and financing. During the second half of the program, participants will work in small groups to dive into the online map viewer and learn about natural resources in their communities.

This is a free event.

Casco Bay Coastal Academy announces May 6 workshop, It All Begins with Habitat