The maritime forest ecosystem team now has recommendations for revisions to your cooperative’s maritime forest indicators. These changes are now open for comment until July 15th. You can either comment at the bottom of this post or email me directly (

Here are the proposed changes to the maritime forest indicators:

Acres of maritime forest in protected areas

Provides an indicator of the overall status of the ecosystem, is easy to monitor and model, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners

Proposed change: Include all maritime forest, not just areas under current protection to better capture loss of maritime forest from stressors like urban growth and sea level rise.

View GIS layer

FYI – The map page is (mistakenly) saying the map service is unavailable. Ignore that (it works fine). We’re working on fixing that error message.

Abundance of painted bunting

Provides an indicator of habitat structure and configuration, are well monitored, and resonate with a diversity of audiences

Proposed change: Current painted bunting models treat all maritime forest as equal and therefore (in their current form) do not indicate habitat structure or configuration within maritime forest. Remove this as an indicator and consider adding it back in the future as more refined information is available. Additional indicators from the landscape ecosystem (which are part of estimating maritime forest integrity) appear to be capturing some elements of maritime forest quality (e.g., large diameter live oaks, ‘high quality’ maritime forest defined by natural heritage programs)

Indicators to be used to calculate maritime forest integrity: