Our ability to protect wildlife is directly tied to the quantity and quality of critical habitat that we protect. This part of the Inventory will grow as Connecticut continues to map key habitat areas, but for now it includes two basic maps. The coastal habitat map includes information on tidal marshes, shellfish growing areas, submerged aquatic vegetation like eelgrass, and stream reaches used by migratory fish. These maps are available only for coastal towns.
The Natural Diversity Database (NDDB) delineates areas where species listed by the state as threatened, endangered or of special concern have been identified. The identification of these unique and fragile habitat areas in your town will help you with the prioritization of lands during the open space planning process or in assessing at potential environmental impacts from development proposals. The NDDB is a generalized dataset, with circles that show general areas but are not meant to pinpoint exact locations (for fear that illegal collectors will use the data). Its usefulness for planning will benefit from the input of local and topical experts. Also, town officials can request more precise data from CTDEP. Visit the data guide page for more information.
NDDB data updated December 2008.
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a pdf of the Shelton Habitat areas for printing.