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 Western Complex

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 Western Complex 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 20000 29.7% 20965 % 21380 31.8% 21846 32.5% 22133 32.9% 2133 10.7%
Turf & Grass 8703 12.9% 8747 13.031.2% 8931 13.3% 9092 13.5% 9292 13.8% 590 6.8%
Other Grasses 900 1.3% 870 1.3% 938 1.4% 801 1.2% 786 1.2% -114 -12.6%
Agricultural Field 2212 3.3% 2092 3.1% 2001 3.0% 1867 2.8% 1826 2.7% -386 -17.4%
Deciduous Forest 28602 42.5% 27923 41.5% 27455 40.8% 27136 40.4% 26722 39.7% -1880 -6.6%
Coniferous Forest 2394 3.6% 2383 3.5% 2372 3.5% 2347 3.5% 2326 3.5% -67 -2.8%
Water 1445 2.1% 1432 2.1% 1382 2.1% 1345 2.0% 1336 2.0% -109 -7.5%
Non-forested Wetland 141 0.2% 143 0.2% 145 0.2% 148 0.2% 142 0.2% 1 1.0%
Forested Wetland 1740 2.6% 1607 2.4% 1576 2.3% 1578 2.3% 1579 2.3% -160 -9.2%
Tidal Wetland 351 0.5% 327 0.5% 323 0.5% 320 0.5% 315 0.5% -36 0%
Barren 448 0.7% 453 0.7% 440 0.7% 467 0.7% 490 0.7% 42 0%
Utility (Forest) 306 0.5% 299 0.4% 298 0.4% 295 0.4% 292 0.4% -14 -4.4%