Missouri Ecologicial Classification System (ECS) Project

The Missouri Ecological Classification System (ECS) Project is a multi-year interagency effort; initiated by the Missouri Biodiversity Council; funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and coordinated by the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP) to develop, document and test the common framework of ecological regions for Missouri.

The ECS Project has finalized the ecological unit boundaries and field tested with managers from MDC, United States Forest Service, National Park Service and Nature Conservancy. Additional testing included in the development of a GIS based spatial model of ecological land types for the Current River Hills Subsection and the development of several MDC area management plans using ECS as the framework for resources assessment and setting management objectives. MoRAP is designing a regional resource assessment strategy using the ECS subsections as the principal assessment strata and LTA's to guide the identification of primary conservation targets within subsections.

Project documentation and ecoregion descriptions are available to the public in several formats. The Atlas of Missouri Ecoregions documents and describe the framework within Missouri. In addition to the atlas, a CD-ROM containing separate digital coverages of each unit and the diagnostic data layers used in their development will be available. MoRAP is planning an interactive map site.

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   Missouri ECS Ecoregion map (PDF, 133 KB)