Accessing Data

Geographic Information System [GIS] Format (requires GIS software):

GoogleEarth format (KML files)

Paper Maps

MDIFW's wildlife/habitat data are updated as new information becomes available. The shapefiles available from the Maine Office of GIS are our most current data; we recommend that users refresh copies of these data at least annually (the metadata for each shapefile indicates when it was last updated by MDIFW).

Wildlife Habitat Data Web Mapping Application

MDIFW offers an interactive web mapping application that allows users to view wildlife habitat data layers through the ArcGIS Online platform.  This is the preferred method for viewing these data since it offers common names and symbology used by department staff and ensures that data are current.

Note: these data within this web mapping application do not include rare species observations; please consult with MDIFW staff regarding rare species information.

Click here to open: Wildlife Habitat Data Web Mapping Application

Providing public access to habitat data is not intended as a substitute for consultation with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff regarding environmental reviews.

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Mays, MDIFW

CD Request

To request a digital copy of MDIFW’s wildlife/habitat data, send an email to Amy.Meehan@maine.gov.

Please write “Data Request – Your Name” in the email subject line to help us track and save the request.

In the body of the email message, please indicate:

  1. Data sets of interest (list individual data sets or just indicate “all”):
  2. Geographical area of interest. Include either a list of townships or attach a GIS shapefile.
  3. Your contact information including address, phone number, and email.

Photo Credit: Phillip deMaynadier, MDIFW

Data will be shipped as ESRI GIS shapefiles, UTM NAD83 Zone 19N. Each data set will have attached metadata. You must have GIS software to use this data!

If the requested data is small enough to email, it will be emailed to you. Otherwise a CD will be sent via regular mail.

We will make every attempt to process data requests as quickly as possible. If you need data faster, please consider using the MEGIS data catalog or GoogleEarth.

MDIFW's wildlife/habitat data are updated as new information becomes available. The shapefiles available from the Maine Office of GIS are our most current data; we recommend that users refresh copies of these data at least annually (the metadata for each shapefile indicates when it was last updated by MDIFW).

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GoogleEarth

MDIFW recognizes that many potential data users do not have access to GIS software and that GoogleEarth is a popular alternative. MDIFW therefore provides copies of its wildlife/habitat data sets in GoogleEarth (KML) format, but users assume all responsibility for using GoogleEarth in accordance with its license restrictions. Please go to GoogleEarth’s website to learn about their software and licensing rules.

Note that MDIFW has limited control over how these KML files will display in GoogleEarth and cannot insert appropriate language concerning the meaning of the data into any maps printed using GoogleEarth.

MDIFW's wildlife/habitat data are updated as new information becomes available. The shapefiles available from the Maine Office of GIS are our most current data; we recommend that users refresh copies of these data at least annually (the metadata for each shapefile indicates when it was last updated by MDIFW).