National Wetlands Inventory Maps

National Wetlands Inventory map

Read about wetlands codes and definitions.

What is the National Wetlands Inventory?

The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) provides information on the characteristics, extent, and status of the Nation's wetlands and deepwater habitats and other wildlife habitats. The inventory is conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

National Wetlands Inventory Maps

This series of maps, produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and distributed by the Maine Geological Survey, identifies and classifies wetlands in Maine.

Uses of wetlands information

To protect wetlands, you must know what kinds of wetlands you have, where they are, and what is happening to them, i.e., their currrent status and the trends of losses or gains. Wetlands are mapped to show their current status, and updated or sampled to show their trends of losses or gains. Once wetlands are mapped, many types of wetland assessment can be performed. Wetland assessment is used for many activities: monitoring wetland health, making permit decisions, targeting voluntary wetland restoration activities, maintaining biodiversity, restoring species, measuring mitigation success, undertaking watershed management, developing wetland classifications, protecting public water supplies, implementing local land use plans and so on.

How to obtain or view these maps

Our publications search allows you to search for maps and publications by geographic area or subject. The subject search is linked to the Bibliography of Maine Geology. Search results are linked to online maps and data and also to an online shopping cart. Although online ordering is not available at this time, the shopping cart order may be printed out and mailed or faxed to the Maine Geological Survey.

Last updated on October 12, 2012