Statewide Habitat Systems

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Map of Missouri showing land cover types as of 1998

Terrestrial Natural Communities of Missouri

When it comes to protecting our incredible diversity of plants, animals, and the habitats they require, how do conservation organizations decide which landscapes to focus on? And how many different kinds of natural communities are there, anyway? How do you define and identify them? Our system of Terrestrial Natural Communities is an incredibly valuable tool for answering these questions and more.

Map of the state of Missouri showing the four aquatic faunal regions

Aquatic Faunal Regions of Missouri

To understand fish and other aquatic organisms, learn about their basic distribution patterns within the state. Missouri’s four aquatic faunal regions provide a handy way of describing where aquatic animals live within our borders.