What is GIS?

For more information on WDFW maps and data products:

Wildlife GIS

Fish GIS

Habitat GIS


PHS on the Web
How to use PHS on the Web
Using PHS Data: FAQs
PHS Management Recommendations
Requesting PHS Maps & Digital Information
Growth Management Act & Shoreline Management Act Technical Assistance

PHS on the Web

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PHS on the Web is a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web-based, interactive map for citizens, landowners, cities and counties, tribal governments, other agencies, developers, conservation groups, and interested parties to find basic information about the known location of Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) in Washington State. PHS is a source of best available science that can inform local planning activities, development projects, conservation strategies, incentive programs, and numerous other land use applications.

The species and habitats that appear on the map are informed by WDFWs PHS List. The map displays known locations of priority habitats and species that have been provided to the department by agency biologists and other sources of scientific data about species and habitat locations. Data is updated as new information is gathered and verified in the field. This map should not be considered an exhaustive survey of all fish and wildlife presence.

The data displayed on PHS on the Web is for informational purposes only. Before making final decisions about a project or plan using this map, WDFW strongly recommends a field visit by a fish and wildlife biologist or habitat expert to make determinations about species presence, absence, or exact location. The location of species can change over time, not every parcel has been surveyed and biologists add new field observations on a regular basis.

Please note: The specific location of some fish and wildlife information is not available on PHS on the Web. These locations deemed “sensitive” by WDFW are not displayed on the map beyond a certain resolution (e.g. Township or Section) due to an increased risk of human interference. Eligible landowners, University researchers, government agencies, tribes and some others may qualify to receive this data. Please visit WDFWs PHS Data Release web page for more information about how to receive sensitive data.

This application is graphics intensive and contains extensive javascript. On slower dial-up internet connections, the initial screen may take several minutes to load.

Browser Requirements:
PHS on the Web was developed for Internet Explorer 7.0/Firefox 3.0 and newer browser releases. It may work with other modern browsers but has not been fully tested. PHS on the Web works best with a screen resolution of 1280 X 1024.

Internet Explorer 9 Users: For use with IE9, turn on "compatiblity view". See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie-9/features/compatibility-view for more information.