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Upland Preservation
Suitability Analysis Summary

Map and score those areas where the natural upland ecosystem remains substantially intact and healthy.

Absolute factors

  • Cannot be developed (commercial, institutional, high or medium density residential, transportation)
  • Cannot be a protected
  • Cannot be a wetland or open water

Relative factors

  • In a Biodiversity Conservation Network area (BionNet 1, 2, or 3)
  • In Biodiversity Conservation Network area (BioNet 4, 5 or new FIDS get ½ point)
  • In a Blue Infrastructure high priority watershed
  • In Chesapeake Bay Commission Critical Area (LDA or RCA only)
  • In Biological Restoration Initiative Watershed
  • Is forested
  • In a Green Infrastructure area (1 point for “hub”; ½ point for “corridor”)
  • In Healthy Watershed (Stronghold, spawning, cold water or Class III Trout)
  • In a Wetland of Special State Concern
  • Near (within 200’) but not in protected lands
  • In Potential Migration Zones for wetlands, marshes, etc.
  • Near (within 200’) but not in a stream or water body
  • Near (200’) or in a GreenPrint Target Ecological Area


Potential areas for Upland Preservation Opportunities, greatest potential being a 5.  Score being a representation of data layers present at that point versus number of possible layers.

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Partner Sites:

US Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Headquarters Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Highway Administration Maryland State Highway Administration Green Highways Partnership Maryland Transportation Association Interstate Commision on the Potomac Maryland Department of Natural Resources Maryland Department of the Environment Charles County Prince George’s County Maryland Environmental Service