Abstract or Description

This map shows the distribution of deer wintering areas (DWA) in relation to conserved lands of Maine, hillshade, mobility corridors, and water bodies. Data were obtained from the Maine Office of GIS (MEGIS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and projected using NAD 1983 UTM Zone 19N. The deer wintering areas, shown in red, were determined by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and published by MEGIS on November 21st, 2013. The conserved land data, shown in yellow, were last updated on January 23rd, 2018 by MEGIS. The green hillshade layer was published on April 8th, 2013 by MEGIS. The mobility corridors, displayed as grey lines, were determined by the Maine Department of Transportation and published on October 17th, 2003 by MEGIS. The mobility corridors are primary roads with high traffic volume; these were layered on top of the DWA to show how human development could restrict wildlife habitat. The blue water body layer was published by USGS in the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) in January of 2018. Transparency, hues, and hillshade were utilized to highlight that DWA primarily occur in the southern lowland portion and are separate from the large areas of conserved lands in Maine.

About the Author

Keller Leet-Otley is an environmental science student at Colby College, Class of 2019.

Source Data Note

  • Maine Office of GIS (MEGIS)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)


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