CAPS: Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System



This page contains links to GIS data and MAPS resulting from specific CAPS applications that may have broad usefulness to others.

Massachusetts Index of Ecological Integrity Data:

Index of Ecological Integrity maps have been completed for all communities in Massachusetts. These maps and GIS data are for information only and are not referenced by any regulatory program.

MassDEP Important Habitat Data:

MassDEP recently adopted a new approach to wildlife habitat management via assessment and mapping of important wildlife habitat for use in wetland protection review and permitting. This approach utilizes CAPS to create a set of maps that depict "Habitat of Potential Regional or Statewide Importance." The habitat maps available from this application for the communities in Massachusetts were specially created to meet MassDEP specifications to support regulatory review under the Wetlands Protection Act.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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