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NJDEP Digital Data Downloads in ArcView Shape file format:
Landscape Project Data

These files can be used with your GIS or can be viewed with a free GIS Data Viewer from ESRI called ArcExplorer.

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The Landscape Project was designed to provide users with peer-reviewed, scientifically sound information that transparently documents threatened and endangered species habitat. Landscape Project data are easily accessible and can be integrated with the planning, protection and land management programs of non-government organizations and private landowners and at every level of government - federal, state, county and municipal. Landscape maps and overlays provide a foundation for proactive land use planning, such as the development of local habitat protection ordinances, zoning to protect critical wildlife areas, management guidelines for imperiled species conservation on public and private lands, and land conservation projects. The maps help increase predictability for local planners, environmental commissions, and developers, and help facilitate local land use decisions that appropriately site and balance development and habitat protection. The Landscape Project maps allow the regulated public to anticipate potential environmental regulation in an area and provide some level of assurance regarding areas where endangered, threatened or species of special concern are not likely to occur, affording predictability to the application and development process. Thus, Landscape Project maps can be used proactively by regulators, planners and the regulated public in order to minimize conflict and protect imperiled species. This minimizes time and money spent attempting to resolve after-the-fact endangered and threatened species conflicts.

Species Based Habitat - Atlantic Coastal Region - coastal_v3_1.zip (36.41 MB, 95.30 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Project combines documented wildlife locations with NJDEP aerial photo-based 2007 Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) to delineate imperiled and special concern species habitat within the Atlantic Coastal Region.

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Species Based Habitat - Delaware Bay Region - delbay_v3_1.zip (74.05 MB, 206.98 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Project combines documented wildlife locations with NJDEP aerial photo-based 2007 Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) to delineate imperiled and special concern species habitat within the Delaware Bay Region.

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Species Based Habitat - Piedmont Plains Region - piedmont_v3_1.zip (141.38 MB, 314.72 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Project combines documented wildlife locations with NJDEP aerial photo-based 2007 Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) to delineate imperiled and special concern species habitat within the Piedmont Plains Region.

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Species Based Habitat - Pinelands Region - pinelands_v3_1.zip (134.64 MB, 454.46 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Project combines documented wildlife locations with NJDEP aerial photo-based 2007 Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) to delineate imperiled and special concern species habitat within the Pinelands Region.

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Species Based Habitat - Skylands Region - skylands_v3_1.zip (190.36 MB, 704.26 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Project combines documented wildlife locations with NJDEP aerial photo-based 2007 Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) to delineate imperiled and special concern species habitat within the Skylands Region.

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Species Based Habitat - Marine Region - marine_v3_1.zip (0.98 MB, 4.48 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Project combines documented wildlife locations with NJDEP aerial photo-based 2007 Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) to delineate imperiled and special concern species habitat within the Marine Region.

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Species Based Habitat - Freshwater Mussel Habitat - streamhabitat_v3_1.zip (1.02 MB, 2.92 MB unzipped)

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DEP maintains a Stream Network data layer that is a subset of the USGS 1:24,000 high-resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). Stream and water body centerlines from the NHD Streams 2002 data layer are used to represent freshwater mussel habitat.

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Species Based Habitat - Vernal Habitat - vernal_habitat.zip (6.19 MB, 11.33 MB unzipped)

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In 2001 ENSP partnered with Rutgers University Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) to develop a method for mapping potential vernal pools throughout New Jersey. Through an on-screen visual interpretation of digital orthophotography, CRSSA identified over 13,000 potential pools throughout the state. A subset of these pools was field verified and confirmed, with an 88% accuracy rate (Lathrop et al. 2005), to meet the physical characteristics to qualify as a vernal pool.

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Landscape Regions - landscape_regions.zip (2.28 MB, 3.31 MB unzipped)

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The Landscape Region layer provides users a guide to determine which Species Based Habitat feature class to reference for a particular area.

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Species Based Habitat - Atlantic Coastal Region - coastal_v3_1gdb.zip (18.57 MB, 41.69 MB unzipped)

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Species Based Habitat - Delaware Bay Region - delbay_v3_1gdb.zip (39.76 MB, 93.69 MB unzipped)

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Species Based Habitat - Piedmont Plains Region - piedmont_v3_1gdb.zip (74.31 MB, 138.54 MB unzipped)

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Species Based Habitat - Pinelands Region - pinelands_v3_1gdb.zip (74.00 MB, 223.27 MB unzipped)

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Species Based Habitat - Skylands Region - skylands_v3_1gdb.zip (104.23 MB, 345.66 MB unzipped)

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Species Based Habitat - Marine Region - marine_v3_1gdb.zip (0.48 MB, 2.90 MB unzipped)

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Species Based Habitat - Freshwater Mussel and Vernal Habitat - streams_vernal_v3_1gdb.zip (1.10 MB, 5.92 MB unzipped)

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Landscape Regions - landscape_regions_gdb.zip (0.85 MB, 1.39 MB unzipped)

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