Beginning with Habitat Maps

One of our program’s most important services is to provide up-to-date natural resource maps and supporting information.

We provide maps in the following four formats:

Online Map Viewer

This option is the most popular way our users access BwH data. It is best for real-time desktop or mobile browsing. GIS files cannot be downloaded, but maps can be exported as PDFs and printed as 8.5x11 pages.

Online Map Database

Search PDF maps (printable using a large-format printer/plotter) by town.

Large Paper Maps

This format is great for meetings, displays, and planning (size varies by town; average is 36”x36”). Request a printed map by filling out this form.

Digital Data

You can use our GIS data to create your own customized planning maps (GIS software required). Simply let us know which town or region you’d like data from, and we will send you the data via OneDrive or on a CD.

Custom GIS Maps

Beginning with Habitat can create customized natural resource maps to include other town features, such as parcels and recreational areas. To request a custom GIS map for your town, contact us at

Learn about Mapped Resources

Once you have located your town or land on the Beginning with Habitat maps, use our fact sheets to learn about the unique resources on and around it:

Note: BwH data is intended for planning purposes only. If your project eventually requires environmental permitting, please contact MDIFW’s Environmental Review Program.