In accordance with the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, M.G.L. c. 131A , (MESA) and its implementing regulations (321 CMR 10.00), beginning on April 3, 2017, the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife will commence a sixty (60) day comment period for the public to review and submit comments on the proposed updated version of the Priority Habitat map. 

Specifically, the Division is requesting public comment on the status of areas proposed for delineation or removal as Priority Habitat regarding the physical or biological features of the habitat, or the current scope of existing development in the area.

How to review and provide comments on the DRAFT Priority Habitat Map:

The Open Comment Period is April 3, 2017 - June 3, 2017.  

The Natural Heritage DRAFT Priority Habitat Map Viewer and Public Comment Form is a mapping service available to the public which allows a point to be associated with a comment.  This map allows the user to zoom into a location using the zoom tool or by entering a street address.  The user can then map a point and enter a comment which will be sent to the Natural Heritage Program for consideration.  

Comments may also be submitted via email (to or in writing to:

Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Attn: DRAFT Priority Habitat Map Comment 
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581

Updated Priority Habitats reflect:

These revisions also allow for the removal of existing development and poor quality sites, and the utilization of improved mapping tools such as more recent aerial photography and revised Geographic Information System (GIS) layers.

For more information, see: How and Why the MESA Priority Habitat Map Changes  pdf format of Why the Maps Change
and Regulatory Maps: Priority & Estimated Habitats