Conservation Planning

State of the Birds

Working with Mass Audubon’s Bird Conservation staff to complete a rigorous statistical analysis of range and abundance data for all Massachusetts birds. This publication will document the state of bird populations in the Commonwealth and will inform bird conservation efforts for years to come.

Losing Ground, 4th Edition

EES partnered with Mass Audubon’s Advocacy staff to complete the 4th edition of Losing Ground, our periodic look at the pace of development in Massachusetts. We completed an intensive GIS spatial analysis to identify parts of our Commonwealth most threatened by development and created a website with interactive maps and data for use at the town, watershed, or county scale.

Losing Ground stats


Partnered with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and The Nature Conservancy to coordinate the creation of BioMap2, the state’s second effort to identify the most important areas in the state for habitat protection. We integrated multiple datasets and expert input into a statewide conservation plan that updates the original BioMap created in 2001. The entire BioMap2 analysis rests on a foundation of spatial data that was managed by EES staff. 

MassWildlife Forestry Program

Provided GIS and data management support to the Forestry Program including: creation of a Property Management Geodatabase to track boundary accuracy, boundary marking efforts, and land management information; management of timber and wildlife resource data; and creation of a road inventory database and customized ArcPad application for field data collection.