An Integrated Habitat Classification and Map of the Lake Erie Basin
This project, funded by U.S. EPA - Great Lakes National Program Office,
will develop an integrated habitat classification and map for the Lake
Erie basin that can be used to assist the Lake Erie Lakewide Management
Plan (LaMP) to develop a bi-national inventory of the status and trends
in the quantity and quality of fish and wildlife habitats in the basin.
The integrated habitat map will be used to track improvements in habitat
quantity and quality resulting from preservation, conservation, and
restoration efforts and to guard against further loss or degradation
from land use alterations.
The project grew out of the Lake Erie LAMP long
term habitat habitat vision and strategy developed by the LAMP Technical
Workgroup and the Lake Erie Millinium Network (LEMN) www.lemn.org for
long-term preservaton and restoration of ecological integrity in the
Lake Erie basin..
Specifically, this project will: 1) develop and
implement a unified, consensus based classification of six Lake Erie
habitat zones from data available in existing habitat mapping projects;
and 2) develop a geospatial database that integrates classification
systems at relevant scales into map layers and eventually into a single,
integrated GIS habitat map of the Lake Erie basin for the United States
and Canada. This project addresses the need for a unified, consensus
based habitat classification system and inventory, which is a fundamental
prerequisite to managing and conserving critical habitats and maintaining
ecological integrity within the Lake Erie basin.
For more information about An Integrated Habitat
Classification and Map of
the Lake Erie Basin contact:
Lucinda Johnson (218-720-4251) or
or Jan Ciborowski
(519-253-3000 ext. 2725)
technical questions; or Tom
Hollenhorst (218-720-4269) for data or GIS-related questions.