Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada

Mark G. Anderson, Charles Ferree, Kevin McGarigal
Posted on: 7/18/2022 - Updated on: 7/11/2023

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This project developed a comprehensive terrestrial habitat map for the entire extent of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) region by extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada and southern Quebec.

Consistent and accurate landscape datasets are important foundational products for ecological analyses and for understanding and anticipating the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the U.S. and Canada. The objective of this project is to extend an existing terrestrial habitat map of the north Atlantic U.S. to Atlantic Canada and southern Quebec, using and modeling field-collected data combined with national and provincial datasets.

This GIS map will 1) provide a foundation upon which further research, such as species vulnerability analyses, can advance, 2) allow each relevant state and province to identify terrestrial habitats consistently across borders, 3) allow for analysis of regional connectivity, and 4) facilitate an understanding of terrestrial animal and plant populations in relation to climate change.


Anderson, M.G., Ferree, C., McGarigal, K. (2015). Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada. The Nature Conservancy. https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/55f2ddf2e4b0dacf699ec70f

Affiliated Organizations

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is part of a network of nine Climate Adaptation Science Centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center. We work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.

North Atlantic LCC partners work together to identify common science needs, shared scientific capacity, and information and coordinate natural resource conservation actions across the region. The North Atlantic LCC is part of a network of 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, which was launched in 2009 by the U.S. Department of the Interior, primarily through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.