Maps and Publications

Welcome to The Habitat Institute’s Maps and Publications Page! As a trusted source for natural resource information in the region and guided by the Institute’s mission, we strive to provide science-based informational tools to natural resource management staff and the public. Some of these tools and publications can be found below.  If you go to purchase any of these publication and use Amazon, please use the Amazon Smile weblink and note your charity as The Habitat Institute. Thank You!


The Salmonid Field Protocols Handbook:
Techniques for Assessing Status and Trends in Salmon and Trout Populations.

salmonoid-field-protocols-handbook This is the first publication to collect, standardize, and recommend a scientifically rigorous set of field protocols for monitoring and assessing salmon and trout populations. Over 48 fisheries experts throughout the U.S. Pacific Northwest and beyond contributed their time to pick, write, and review the most reliable protocols for enumerating salmonids in the field. Presented in an easy to use format, each protocols covers objectives, sample design, data handling, personnel and operational requirements, and field and office techniques, including survey forms.

Atlas of Oregon Wildlife:

atlas-of-oregon-wildlife The Habitat Institute staff assembled the first comprehensive set of wildlife species range maps for the State of Oregon. The results of their efforts are featured in both the first and second editions of the Atlas. The Atlases are the first comprehensive guide to the current distribution, habitat, and natural history of most of Oregon’s wildlife species, documenting this information for the 472 terrestrial vertebrate species that are native to and breed in the State.

Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington:

wildlife-habitat-relationships The Wildlife-Habitat Relationship book was a working collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and with funding provided by 34 project partners. This book is the first to compile and synthesize in a single convenient, comprehensive volume a vast amount of diverse information on 593 wildlife species and their relationships with the 32 terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitat types of Oregon and Washington. It includes photographs of each habitat type, as well as hundreds of maps, diagrams, and other illustrations. The accompanying CD-ROM contains additional wildlife data and color maps, and seven matrixes that link wildlife species with their respective habitat types.

Click the below link to access selected chapters from the WHROW book.

WHROW Chapter 1: Oregon and Washington Wildlife Species and Their Habitats.

WHROW Chapter 2: Wildlife Habitats: Descriptions, Status, Trends, and System Dynamics.

WHROW Chapter 3: Structural Conditions and Habitat Elements of Oregon and Washington.

WHROW Chapter 6: Key Ecological Functions of Wildlife Species.

WHROW Chapter 20: Terrestrial and Marine Management Activities: Links to Habitat Elements and Ecological Processes.

WHROW Chapter 24: Decaying Wood in Pacific Northwest Forests: Concepts and Tools for Habitat Management.

WHROW Chapter 24: Updated tables.


Errata Update!

Errors with Table 1 in Chapter 2 (page 23) and Table 1 in Chapter 5 (page 165) of the Wildlife Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington book were found in March 2009. The wildlife habitat type acreages for Washington were incorrectly printed in the book. The corrected tables in Adobe .pdf format can be downloaded using the following links.

Correction! – Chapter 2, Table 1. The 32 wildlife habitats and their total acreage in Oregon and Washington.

Correction! – Chapter 5, Table 1. The total acreage of wildlife habitat types that occur and are under conservation-oriented protection strategies in Oregon and Washington

A Guide to Oregon and Washington’s Wetland Wildlife and their Habitats

wetland-and-wildlife The Habitat Institute developed a full-color Wetland Wildlife guide for middle school students. In the guide you will find: 1) Descriptions of four wetland habitat types and their common plants and soils; 2) Connections between climate, plants, soils, and wetland habitats; 3) Profiles of over 90 species commonly occurring in wetland habitats, that include color photos, predator/prey relationships, ecosystem functions performed by each species, descriptions of size and identifying features, and range maps. This book would be excellent for environmental education and appropriate age levels are classes from middle to high school. This book is available as an I-Book.

The Wildlife Society’s Techniques for Wildlife Investigations and Management:     

wildlife-techniques-manual The Habitat Institute staff has been the lead authors on the Chapter, Application of Spatial Technologies in Wildlife Biology for their 6th and 7th Editions.

The Pacific Northwest Habitat Classification Systems

habitat-classification-systems Habitat classification systems differ greatly throughout the PNW depending on agency, organization, or monitoring group, often complicating data-sharing and collaboration.

Have you ever wondered…

  • Is your definition of an “herbaceous wetland” the same as someone else’s?
  • What exactly is measured when “riffles” are reported in a stream inventory?
  • Do different groups define “large woody debris” the same way?
  • What is a “riparian-wetland” and is it the same as a “forested wetland”?

The PHaCS database can help you answer these and other questions about habitat classification and the systems used in the PNW region.

The Northwest Habitat Institute has endeavored to compile different habitat classification systems into a single database and cross-walk these to a common system.  Our intent is to improve communication between groups that may use different habitat classification systems.

This database tool provides:

  • Systems Information: A list of each habitat classification system in PHaCS, including the name, type (Terrestrial, Aquatic, Wetland, or Marine), an initial list of who is using it, a brief description, citation, and website, if available.
  • System Categories: A list of all categories associated with each system; definitions are included if available.
  • Complementary Systems: A list of other systems that complement, or are similar to, the system you choose.
  • IBIS Habitat Types, Structural Conditions, and Key Environmental Correlates: The Interactive Habitat and Biodiversity Information System (IBIS) was used as a “common system” to which each classification system was cross-walked. PHaCS includes names and definitions of all IBIS categories.
  • System Cross-walks: Cross-walks from each system to the appropriate IBIS Habitat Type, Structural Condition, or Key Environmental Correlate. These cross-walks can also be used to compare between systems.

Printed Maps

Oregon or Washington Current and Historical Maps

pm1 These wildlife-habitat maps are shaded-relief maps with county boundaries, and major city names added for reference. Consisting of 32 habitat types, the classification system used for these maps is the same used in the book and CD-ROM, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington. Washington Historical Wildlife-Habitat Types Map Therefore, the Oregon and Washington maps make excellent companions to the book and CD-ROM. A Current (1999) and a Historical (circa 1850) version of each map are available in two different sizes.

NHI has not been able to have these maps professionally printed, like the Oregon Vegetation map below, due to the high set-up cost of offset printing. NHI prints these maps at the time of request using high-quality glossy papers in large-format inkjet plotters and printers. Therefore, continued exposure to air and sunlight without proper framing could cause the inks to fade over time (though we have not seen this yet).


US Columbia River Basin Current Wildlife-Habitat Types Map

pm2 The large versions of the Oregon and Washington maps are approximately 25″ high x 36″ wide. The large US Columbia River Basin Wildlife-Habitat Types maps measure approximately 27″ high x 36″ wide. The smaller versions of all maps are printed on 13″ high x 19″ wide glossy paper. The cost of these maps are $25 per small map and $50 per large map (includes shipping within USA).


US and Canada Columbia River Basin Current Wildlife-Habitat Types Map

hm2 A Canada-US Columbia River Basin Current Wildlife-Habitat map is also now (July 2001) available from the Northwest Habitat Institute! The result of a multi-partner, international mapping effort, this map adds wildlife-habitat types for the Canadian portion of the Columbia River Basin to the US portion mapped by NHI. The map is currently available only in a high-gloss large, 38″ high x 36″ wide, version at a 1:1,500,000 scale. The cost of this map is $70 per map (includes shipping within USA).


Oregon Vegetation: Landscape-Level Cover Types map

hm1 The Oregon Vegetation: Landscape-Level Cover Types map is now available from NHI. The map completes a four-year effort to characterize Oregon vegetation. Satellite images collected from 1991 to 1993 form the basis for map analysis and interpretation.Enlarged Samples of Oregon Vegetation: Landscape-Level Cover Types map Numerous specific vegetation types that exist throughout Oregon have been combined to create the 62 cover types illustrated on the map. The cover type vegetation groups correspond to the level of vegetation analysis used by biologists to describe wildlife habitats.

This professionally printed map is approximately 27.5″ x 24″. The main map is a 1:1,000,000 scale shaded-relief map with county boundaries, major rivers, and major city names added for reference. The lower portion of the map depicts the same vegetation data and relief shading in a perspective view creating a 3-D effect. Please click here or on the image for enlarged samples of the map.

The cost of the Oregon Vegetation: Landscape-Level Cover Types mapis $20 per map (shipping included within USA).


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