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
South Central Shoreline

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

South Central Shoreline 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 16474 43.6% 17242 % 17527 46.4% 17891 47.4% 18097 47.9% 1623 9.8%
Turf & Grass 3683 9.8% 3637 9.645.7% 3682 9.8% 3706 9.8% 3774 10.0% 91 2.5%
Other Grasses 675 1.8% 641 1.7% 629 1.7% 651 1.7% 634 1.7% -41 -6.1%
Agricultural Field 298 0.8% 222 0.6% 206 0.5% 160 0.4% 142 0.4% -157 -52.5%
Deciduous Forest 8310 22.0% 7771 20.6% 7446 19.7% 7116 18.9% 6936 18.4% -1374 -16.5%
Coniferous Forest 1390 3.7% 1359 3.6% 1347 3.6% 1327 3.5% 1308 3.5% -82 -5.9%
Water 643 1.7% 563 1.5% 585 1.5% 556 1.5% 564 1.5% -79 -12.2%
Non-forested Wetland 119 0.3% 124 0.3% 117 0.3% 118 0.3% 112 0.3% -8 -6.3%
Forested Wetland 1189 3.2% 1139 3.0% 1100 2.9% 1081 2.9% 1073 2.8% -116 -9.8%
Tidal Wetland 3874 10.3% 3870 10.3% 3875 10.3% 3870 10.3% 3822 10.1% -52 -1.3%
Barren 1045 2.8% 1133 3.0% 1183 3.1% 1221 3.2% 1237 3.3% 192 18.4%
Utility (Forest) 48 0.1% 48 0.1% 52 0.1% 50 0.1% 50 0.1% 2 4.8%