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New Jersey's Landscape Project

Wildlife Habitat Mapping for Community Land-use Planning and Species Conservation
Revised and Updated February, 2012

Training and Information Session Schedule

2012-2013 State Wildlife Grants Reports
View NJN News Feature on Landscape Project

What is the Landscape Project?

The Landscape Project is a pro-active, ecosystem-level approach for the long-term protection of imperiled species and their important habitats in New Jersey. The N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) began the project in 1994. Its goal: to protect New Jersey's biological diversity by maintaining and enhancing imperiled wildlife populations within healthy, functioning ecosystems. (more)

Why does NJ need the Landscape Project?

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation. One of the consequences of this distinction is the extreme pressure that is placed on our natural resources. As the population grows, we continue to lose or impact the remaining natural areas of the state. As more and more habitat is lost, people are beginning to appreciate the benefits -- and necessity -- of maintaining land in its natural state. (more)

Who benefits from the Landscape Project?

In addition to providing habitat for the conservation of imperiled species, protecting important wildlife habitats will result in more open space for outdoor recreation. Recent surveys by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that more than 60% of Americans participate in some form of wildlife-related recreation. Open spaces provide places where people can escape the confines of urban and suburban living. Retaining habitats in their natural state provides other benefits, such as reducing the threat of flooding, allowing for the biodegradation of environmental contaminants and recharging ground water reserves. (more)

Landscape Project Training and Information Session Schedule

Learn how to use the New Jersey Landscape Project to guide and influence land-use decisions in your community, town, county and state. (more)

Frequently Asked Questions

The following document identifies and answers the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Landscape Project maps: Landscape Project FAQs (pdf, 650kb)

How to relate the species based habitat shapefiles to the species tables (pdf, 400kb)

The Landscape Project Mapbook

The New Jersey Landscape Project Map Book includes 87 individual quadrangular maps that span the entire state, depicting critical areas for New Jersey's imperiled and priority species as identified in New Jersey's Landscape Project. (under development)

Download Landscape Project GIS Data

Critical wildlife habitat maps can be downloaded from NJDEP Bureau of GIS website. (more)

Read New Jersey's Landscape Project Report

The following reports provide in-depth information about the Landscape Project, the methodology used to delineate and rank habitat, and the peer-review and working groups that assisted in development of the methodology.

New Jersey's Landscape Project (Version 3.1) (pdf, 9.4mb)

Appendices to Landscape Project Report (Version 3.1)
   Appendix I (pdf, 130kb) - Protocol for Accepting or Rejecting Species Sighting Reports.
   Appendix II (pdf, 950kb) - Species Occurrence Area Justifications.
   Appendix III (pdf, 50kb) - NJDEP 2007 Land Use/Land Cover Categories.
   Appendix IV (pdf, 5.2 mb) - Land Use/Land Cover Analysis for Species and their Feature Label Components.
   Appendix V (pdf, 4.4 mb) - Land Use/Land Cover Selections and Patch Type Justifications.

View the Landscape Project Poster (pdf, 3.3 mb)

Endangered and Nongame Species Program Homepage

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