Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs)
To help biologists collect and evaluate data and fine-tune management recommendations Maine is divided into 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs). Wildlife Management Districts are delineated, geographical sections of the State that have similarities in biological and geophysical characteristics. Factors such as geographical location (western mountains vs. downeast coastal plain), soils, predominant forest types (northern hardwoods vs. spruce-fir), seasonal temperature variations, precipitation including annual snowfall, land use (northern forest vs. agricultural), and human population and development, etc., are variables that ultimately influence habitat and the abundance and diversity of wildlife. For each WMD, the Department made a concerted effort to select clearly recognizable physical boundaries to reduce confusion for hunters.