Creating BioMap2 was a large undertaking involving numerous individuals and a variety of techniques and considerations. To aid those interested in understanding what went into this project and particularly for those who are contemplating a similar undertaking, we are making available an electronic document-the BioMap2 Technical Report-outlining the steps we took to create BioMap2. Because it is a large document, we have made it available as a PDF in its entirety, and broken out in sections. We hope documenting our efforts can guide others, and we are always willing to answer additional questions on the process of creating this statewide conservation plan.

BioMap2 Technical Report - Building a Better BioMap pdf format of BioMap2 Technical Report
file size 12MB

Table of Contents:

Click on the links below to go to the corresponding section of the PDF document

Chapter One: Introduction pdf format of Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: BioMap2 General Methodology pdf format of Chapter Two: BioMap2 General Methodology
file size 2MB

Section A: Study Area and Ecoregions
Section B: Incorporating SWAP into BioMap2
Section C: Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation into BioMap2 
Section D: Index of Ecological Integrity (IEI)

Chapter Three: Components of Core Habitat pdf format of Chapter Three: Components of Core Habitat
file size 6MB

Section A: Species of Conservation Concern
Section B: Priority Natural Communities
Section C. Vernal Pool Core Habitats
Section D: Forest Core Habitats
Section E: Wetland Core Habitats
Section F: Aquatic Core Habitats

Chapter Four: Components of Critical Natural Landscape pdf format of Chapter Four: Components of Critical Natural Landscape
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Section A: Landscape Blocks
Section B: Upland Buffers of Wetland and Aquatic Cores
Section C: Coastal Adaptation Areas
Section D: Tern Foraging Habitat

Bibliography pdf format of Bibliography


Appendix A. List of Attendees of External Review Session  pdf format of Appendix A.

Appendix B. SWAP Species and BioMap2  pdf format of Appendix B.

Appendix C. SWAP Habitats and BioMap2  pdf format of Appendix C.

Appendix D. Ecological Land Units pdf format of Appendix D.

Appendix E. Land Cover Classes used for Index of Ecological Integrity pdf format of Appendix E.

Appendix F. Input Data Layers used for Index of Ecological Integrity pdf format of Appendix F.

Appendix G. CAPS Integrity Metrics  pdf format of Appendix G.

Appendix H. Metric Parameterizations  pdf format of Appendix H.

Appendix I. NHESP Rare Species Observation Forms  pdf format of Appendix I.

Appendix J. NHESP Mapping Guidelines Outline  pdf format of Appendix J.

Appendix K. NHESP Data Acceptance Guidelines pdf format of Appendix K.

Appendix L. Road Buffer Polygon Layer pdf format of Appendix L.

Appendix M. NHESP Priority Natural Communities by Ecosystem Type  pdf format of Appendix M.

Appendix N. Aquatic MESA-listed species that were included in Aquatic Core and buffered by 30 meters pdf format of Appendix N.

BioMap2 Technical Report Citation

Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. 2011. BioMap2 Technical Report - Building a Better BioMap: A supplement to BioMap2: Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World. Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, MA.