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
Natchaug

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

Natchaug 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 8739 7.8% 9331 % 9729 8.6% 10062 8.9% 10189 9.1% 1450 16.6%
Turf & Grass 2384 2.1% 2679 2.48.3% 2921 2.6% 3210 2.9% 3439 3.1% 1055 44.3%
Other Grasses 1069 1.0% 1074 1.0% 1238 1.1% 1436 1.3% 1566 1.4% 497 46.5%
Agricultural Field 7794 6.9% 7741 6.9% 7642 6.8% 7514 6.7% 7480 6.6% -315 -4.0%
Deciduous Forest 63722 56.6% 62994 56.0% 62295 55.4% 61742 54.9% 61435 54.6% -2287 -3.6%
Coniferous Forest 19783 17.6% 19695 17.5% 19739 17.5% 19612 17.4% 19529 17.4% -253 -1.3%
Water 3631 3.2% 3578 3.2% 3498 3.1% 3389 3.0% 3340 3.0% -291 -8.0%
Non-forested Wetland 536 0.5% 572 0.5% 546 0.5% 582 0.5% 567 0.5% 31 5.8%
Forested Wetland 4464 4.0% 4364 3.9% 4213 3.7% 4236 3.8% 4253 3.8% -211 -4.7%
Tidal Wetland 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0%
Barren 203 0.2% 297 0.3% 509 0.5% 549 0.5% 532 0.5% 329 161.8%
Utility (Forest) 208 0.2% 206 0.2% 202 0.2% 202 0.2% 202 0.2% -5 -2.5%