Many academic research institutions as well as non-profits, regional councils, partnerships and county governments provide mapping data that are in addition to state and federal agency datasets. We have listed several of them below. If you know of any other wetland mapping organizations that provide interactive online maps and/or data downloads that are not included on this list, please submit them to us at . To find State Government Datasets & Information, click here. To find National Government Datasets & Information, click here.
Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a planning cooperative that promotes collaboration and increases funding and research capacity among partners to address the environmental threats that is beyond the ability of any one agency. It is a trusted source of information that develops the tools, methods, and data resource managers need to design and deliver landscape-scale conservation. The Appalachian LCC leverages funding, staff, and resources from all partners to develop cost-effective science and conservation that benefits human communities and ecosystems. It develops and implements conservation of large connected areas that will enhance and sustain the ecological, economic, and historical value of the Appalachian region.
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ALCC) supports conservation in the arctic by providing applied science and tools to land managers and policy makers. It is a self-directed partnership that functions through a structure of at-large partners, a core staff, and a steering committee of cooperating agencies and organizations. Its geographic scope ranges across North America from Alaska to Labrador. The Alaska portion encompasses three eco-regions: the Brooks Range, the Arctic Foothills, and the Arctic Coastal Plain. The Arctic LCC is dedicated to making data and products derived from LCC-funded projects readily available to any interested parties.
Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) essentially works to develop and provide sound science-based information, to support diverse conservation initiatives by providing funding, and to provide a platform for partners by facilitating the exchange of information and supporting other research and conservation-related activities. The Caribbean LCC website allows users to share, analyze, validate and standardize data through online forums and interactive tools, such as a map featuring multiple-source geographic information, similar to GIS. By providing immediate access to multiple data sources and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information, this platform will support individual and collective efforts toward sustainable land use and ecosystem management practices in the Caribbean.
Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and the Arkansas Multi-Agency Wetland Planning Team (MAWPT) have collaborated for a number of years on a GIS-based analysis of wetlands around the state, principally utilizing data layers that serve as indicators of vegetation type, inundation, and soil type. This approach has generated a binary "wetland / not wetland" result, which has proved to be useful in basic land use management. Over the last few years, the MAWPT has also worked on developing and applying a more precise, site-specific analysis of wetlands. The Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) approach to assessment of wetland functions relies upon site-specific evaluation of geomorphic setting, water source, and hydrodynamics. In this project, CAST worked with biologists and geomorphologists of the MAWPT to model the classes and subclasses of wetlands, as defined by the HGM approach, of the portion of the the White River watershed known as the Western Lowlands. CAST used geospatial technology and improved data to determine the location and extent of these wetland classes and subclasses.
Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership that leads and directs Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection. Bay Program partners include federal and state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. Staff members work at the Bay Program’s Annapolis, Maryland, office and at partner organizations throughout the Bay watershed. For maps, click here. For data, click here.
Cook Inlet Wetlands, Alaska: Wetland classification and Mapping of the Matanuska-Susistna Boroough, Alaska for use in GIS. Many wetlands in the Cook Inlet lowlands, Alaska have been classified and mapped as part of an ongoing project to better manage these valuable resources. Areas covered include the western Kenai Peninsula, the area around Seward, non-Chugach National Forest lands in the Kenai Mountains, and the most populous areas of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. You can view these maps in GoogleEarth by downloading a file (16 MB, .kmz format) or linking to it over the web.
Ducks Unlimited’s mission to "conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl...benefiting other wildlife and people" is supported by advanced Geographic Informations Systems and Remote Sensing technology. DU started its GIS program in 1984 and it has become a major component of waterfowl habitat conservation, providing staff with the primary data and tools needed to evaluate, implement, and monitor conservation at multiple scales. GIS is also used extensively to produce maps, graphics, and statistics for communicating our conservation activities to the public and to support fundraising activities.
Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) is a partnership that is: aligning and enacting a regional response to landscape conservation; sharing data, science, and capacity; and working across boundaries and jurisdictions. The Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal, LC MAP, provides a collaborative virtual workspace allowing partners of the Great Northern LCC to securely share, access, and analyze common datasets and information to further coordinated research, management, and resource conservation.
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPOLCC): the mission is to articulate the shared vision for sustainable natural and cultural resources in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks geography in the face of a changing climate and other threats, foster a cooperative capacity within the conservation community to meet the challenges of achieving that vision, and facilitate the refinement of that vision through targeted evaluation over time. Currently, the GCPOLCC is creating a landcover database to provide a thematically and temporally consistent landcover dataset across the entire GCPO region. The final geospatial dataset will map landcover at the NatureServe Ecological Systems level, current to 2010. It will also provide a means to update these datasets based on the change detection products produced in association with NLCD. Due to be completed by the end of 2013.
North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) provides a partnership in which the private, state, tribal and federal conservation community works together to address increasing land use pressures and widespread resource threats and uncertainties amplified by a rapidly changing climate. The partners and partnerships in the cooperative address these regional threats and uncertainties by agreeing on common goals for land, water, fish, wildlife, plant and cultural resources and jointly developing the scientific information and tools needed to prioritize and guide more effective conservation actions by partners toward those goals.
North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) is a self-directed partnership between federal agencies, states, Tribes/First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and other entities to collaboratively define science needs and jointly address broad-scale conservation issues, such as climate change. The NPLCC combines the collective science capacity, infrastructure, creativity, perspectives, and sometimes, financial resources of existing partnerships and programs to address decision support needs on a comprehensive scale. It is a forum for developing a common understanding of change driven by climate and related stressors and its success depends on active engagement of partners throughout the region. The NPLCC, along with a team of federal, state, and NGO partners, is developing an inventory of GIS data sets related to natural and cultural resource management and climate change resiliency across the region. This inventory will advance the state of the knowledge on spatial conservation planning and design in the region, as well as form a basis for determining science priorities.
Oregon State University Institute for Natural Resources: The Oregon Wetlands Explorer supports the conservation and restoration of Oregon's wetlands through a variety of multimedia stories, data collections, mapping tools and other wetland resources. The intent is to create a a single web-based source for information on wetlands in Oregon, that will improve decision-making for wetlands restoration and protection programs and projects. This portal provides analytical and mapping tools and information to the public, decision makers, environmental professionals and land managers. Use the Explorer to: map wetlands, find priority areas for wetland mitigation, and learn about Oregon's Greatest Wetlands, wetland restoration, history, ecology and classification.
San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) helps define environmental problems, advance public debate about them through sound science, and support consensus-based solutions that improve environmental planning, management, and policy development. They provide impartial scientific interpretations and neither take sides on environmental issues nor have any political or financial interest in the outcomes of research and monitoring data. EcoAtlas was created and developed by the San Francisco Estuary Institute – Aquatic Science Center. The California EcoAtlas provides free public access to information about the quantity and quality of California wetlands. EcoAtlas enables integration of information to provide landscape context for consideration of wetland extent and condition.
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) is part of a network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). LCCs are applied conservation science partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and other entities within a geographic area. They are designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility. The partnership will consider landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. The SALCC crosses six states, from southern Virginia to northern Florida. The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind. Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Additionally, you can upload your own data to your account to be used in conjunction with these datasets. The CPA provides a platform for LCCs to create galleries to showcase a cohesive collection of spatial information and supporting documentation. Several galleries are being showcased at each portal. The CPA also allows its users to create groups of members from several organizations who may have the same conservation goals. Within a group, you can perform analyses, upload data, and share information for other group members to use.
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) is a research institute focusing on the coastal ecosystems of Southern California from watersheds to the ocean. SCCWRP was formed in 1969 to enhance the scientific understanding of linkages among human activities, natural events, and the health of the Southern California coastal environment; to communicate this understanding to decision makers and other stakeholders; and to suggest strategies for protecting the coastal environment for this and future generations.
Southern California Wetlands Mapping Project: This project is funded by the State Water Resources Control Board under the Proposition 50, Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. The project funding was awarded to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project with California State University, Northridge's Center for Geographic Studies as the primary sub-contractor. The purpose of this project is to build on ongoing work by US FWS National Wetland Inventory (NWI), the Resources Agency, the Coastal Conservancy, & SCCWRP to complete an update of wetland and associated riparian habitat maps in Southern California coastal watersheds. The objective of this project is to produce a full set of wetland and riparian habitat maps for the region with a base imagery standard of year 2000 or newer.