Maryland GreenPrint Targeted Ecological Areas

Overview

The Maryland GreenPrint Targeted Ecological Areas represent those lands that the State wants to protect because of their high ecological value.

Data Layer Description

Source

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

What this data layer represents

The Maryland GreenPrint Targeted Ecological Areas are a limited number of areas that rank exceptionally high for ecological criteria and that have a practical potential for preservation.

Location

Maryland

Description

Targeted Ecological Areas are a limited number of areas that rank exceptionally high for ecological criteria and that have a practical potential for preservation. The first step was to create an ecological baseline composed of several ecological datasets.

The first component is the original Green Infrastructure Assessment (1995 – 2000) which identifies large, contiguous blocks of significant forests and wetlands that contain Maryland’s most ecologically important remaining lands. The Green Infrastructure’s hub and corridor network of habitat allows plant and animal migration, reduces forest fragmentation if protected, and provides important ecosystem services, such as biodiversity, cleaning air and water, storing nutrients, and protecting areas against storm and flood damage.

The rare species habitat component identifies areas where biodiversity conservation is needed to protect and restore Maryland's rare, threatened and endangered species, declining wildlife of greatest conservation need, and the key habitats and natural communities required to support them.

The aquatic life hotspots component identifies a network of lands leading to aquatic areas where conservation is needed to protect and restore areas of high aquatic biodiversity. Freshwater hotspots have been identified, and estuarine and marine areas will be identified.

The water quality protection component identifies sensitive lands such as forests, wetlands, and steep slopes where preservation is important for water quality.

From the ecological baseline, areas that scored in the top 10 percent for each of the components were merged to create the Targeted Ecological Areas.

How you might make use of this data layer

The Maryland GreenPrint Targeted Ecological Areas represent the most ecologically valuable areas–the ones that provide the most “bang-for-the-conservation-buck" where the State is focusing its efforts to protect. These lands include 

  • large blocks of forests and wetlands
  • wildlife and rare species habitats
  • streams and watersheds with aquatic biodiversity
  • forests important for protecting water quality
  • coastal ecosystems
  • lands important for climate change adaptation
  • areas supporting important fisheries

How to get more information

Contact
Kevin J. Coyne
Water Resource Engineer - Ecosystem Analysis and Targeting, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave E-2 Tawes Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-8985

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Credits

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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