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 provides overall program supervision, technical assistance, and meeting facilitation support.
Michele creates and maintains BwH maps, manages spatial data, and provides technical assistance and GIS support to users.
Private Lands Wildlife Biologist
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.
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.
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.
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.