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
Housatonic 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

Housatonic 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 32641 12.2% 35601 % 36723 13.7% 38715 14.5% 39653 14.8% 7012 21.5%
Turf & Grass 13645 5.1% 14543 5.413.3% 15378 5.7% 16372 6.1% 17721 6.6% 4076 29.9%
Other Grasses 2453 0.9% 2391 0.9% 2920 1.1% 2663 1.0% 2943 1.1% 490 20.0%
Agricultural Field 24472 9.1% 23616 8.8% 22844 8.5% 21766 8.1% 21299 8.0% -3173 -13.0%
Deciduous Forest 143694 53.7% 141321 52.8% 139844 52.3% 138229 51.7% 136406 51.0% -7288 -5.1%
Coniferous Forest 30311 11.3% 30123 11.3% 29975 11.2% 29766 11.1% 29526 11.0% -785 -2.6%
Water 10289 3.8% 10201 3.8% 10036 3.8% 9911 3.7% 9909 3.7% -379 -3.7%
Non-forested Wetland 742 0.3% 825 0.3% 837 0.3% 855 0.3% 865 0.3% 122 16.4%
Forested Wetland 6392 2.4% 6015 2.2% 5917 2.2% 5933 2.2% 5911 2.2% -481 -7.5%
Tidal Wetland 407 0.2% 398 0.1% 389 0.1% 387 0.1% 383 0.1% -24 0%
Barren 1838 0.7% 1869 0.7% 1970 0.7% 2248 0.8% 2236 0.8% 397 21.6%
Utility (Forest) 619 0.2% 601 0.2% 672 0.3% 658 0.2% 653 0.2% 34 5.5%