College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Center for Land Use Education and Research

Your Watershed: Land Cover

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Basic Land Cover Information

Regional Basin
Thames Main Stem

Sub-regional Basin
None

Map Pawcatuck Main Stem Wood Southeast Shoreline Southeast Eastern Complex Southeast Western Complex Thames Main Stem Willimantic Natchaug French Fivemile Moosup Pachaug Quinebaug Shetucket Yantic Connecticut Main Stem Stony Brook Scantic Farmington Park Hockanum Mattabesset Salmon Eightmile South Central Shoreline South Central Eastern Complex Quinnipiac South Central Western Complex Housatonic Main Stem Blackberry Hollenbeck Tenmile Candlewood Aspetuck Still Shepaug Pomperaug Naugatuck Southwest Shoreline Southwest Eastern Saugatuck Norwalk Southwest Western Complex Croton

Thames Main Stem Regional Basin

Land Cover and Land Cover Change

1985 1990 1995 2002 2006 Change
acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % change
Developed 11327 16.4% 12258 % 12782 18.5% 13554 19.7% 13890 20.1% 2563 22.6%
Turf & Grass 3005 4.4% 3186 4.617.8% 3340 4.8% 3667 5.3% 4062 5.9% 1057 35.2%
Other Grasses 975 1.4% 955 1.4% 953 1.4% 1106 1.6% 1210 1.8% 236 24.2%
Agricultural Field 3197 4.6% 3159 4.6% 3131 4.5% 3032 4.4% 2967 4.3% -230 -7.2%
Deciduous Forest 38408 55.7% 37540 54.4% 36816 53.4% 35789 51.9% 35106 50.9% -3302 -8.6%
Coniferous Forest 2392 3.5% 2343 3.4% 2206 3.2% 2124 3.1% 2084 3.0% -308 -12.9%
Water 4535 6.6% 4353 6.3% 4207 6.1% 4182 6.1% 4133 6.0% -403 -8.9%
Non-forested Wetland 244 0.4% 249 0.4% 311 0.5% 317 0.5% 311 0.5% 67 27.6%
Forested Wetland 3953 5.7% 3917 5.7% 3890 5.6% 3829 5.6% 3826 5.5% -126 -3.2%
Tidal Wetland 25 0.0% 29 0.0% 32 0.0% 37 0.1% 32 0.0% 8 0%
Barren 325 0.5% 407 0.6% 729 1.1% 765 1.1% 781 1.1% 456 0%
Utility (Forest) 561 0.8% 551 0.8% 550 0.8% 546 0.8% 543 0.8% -17 0%