Ecological Land Classification

An Ecological Land Classification (ELC) is a mapping tool that identifies and describes areas of similar enduring physical attributes. It is based on features such as climate, elevation, topography, bedrock formation, and vegetation. Within the classification information is presented and mapped within a hierarchy where broad to specific levels of detail are presented on a series of scale dependant maps.

The ELC is a useful tool for landscape level planning and sustainable management of forests, conservation, wildlife and other land use issues.



News and Current Information


Ecological Land Classification guide

Cover for Ecological Land Classification Guide
Download the Ecological Land Classification guide (PDF)(17mb)

Order a printed copy from the NR&R Library for $10 plus HST by calling 902-424-8633 or e-mailing . We accept Visa or Mastercard payments by phone. Please do NOT send your credit card information by email.

Ecological Land Classification for Nova Scotia:


A Procedural Guide for Ecological Landscape Analysis

An Ecosystem Based Approach to Landscape Level Planning in Nova Scotia: View the report

Section Contacts

Contact Peter Neily