About

Maine’s Beginning with Habitat program is an award-winning, first-in-the-nation effort that has been recommended as a model in all 50 states.

Founded in 2000, the program consolidates wildlife and habitat information from public agencies and private conservation organizations all over the state and packages it up for local planners, municipal leaders, landowners, and other interested citizens.

This information is also vital for communities preparing for a changing climate.

Meet Our Team

Amanda Cross

Vacant
Program Coordinator

Michele Warner

Michele Warner
Cartographer
(207) 287-5258
Michele.A.Warner@maine.gov

Michele creates and maintains BwH maps, manages spatial data, and provides technical assistance and GIS support to users.

Michele Warner

Joe Roy
Private Lands Wildlife Biologist 
(207) 592-3344
Joseph.Roy@maine.gov

Joe provides technical assistance to landowners, foresters, and other service providers managing land for at-risk fish and wildlife.


Our Partners Include


What We Do

We use our collaborative resources, including data-rich habitat maps, a wide range of biological and planning expertise, and proven conservation strategies, to help municipalities, land trusts, and landowners make informed plans.


Conservation Strategies

We have compiled some of the best conservation practices employed by towns, land trusts, and landowners throughout the State of Maine. Learn from their success and contact BwH to discuss the right approach for you.

Strategies for MunicipalitiesStrategies for Land TrustsStrategies for Landowners


Mapping Ecological Significance

With our partners, BwH has developed a list of 140 Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance, which are areas throughout the state that contain unusually rich concentrations of at-risk species and habitats and across multiple towns. We incorporate these areas into regional maps and develop helpful fact sheets for each one. Learn more about BwH focus areas and search for ones near you.


Success Stories

By getting involved in the early stages, Beginning with Habitat can help communities grow without sacrificing irreplaceable resources, and help landowners balance their wildlife goals with their other land uses.

Municipality Case Studies Land Trust Case Studies Landowner Case Studies