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Basic Landcover Information Showing Changes to the CT Landscape

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This page contains static maps and area statistics (scroll down) for all five dates of land cover and for all 169 municipalities in Connecticut.

The 1985 and 2006 land cover maps, as well as both change maps, have pdfs for viewing, saving and printing.

Essex, Connecticut

  • 1985
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  • 1990
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  • 1995
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  • 2002
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  • 2006
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1985 Land Cover

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Land Cover Legend

1990 Land Cover

 

Land Cover Legend

1995 Land Cover

 

Land Cover Legend

2002 Land Cover

 

Land Cover Legend

2006 Land Cover

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Land Cover Legend

Essex Land Cover and Land Cover Change

1985 1990 1995 2002 2006 Change
acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % change
Developed 1288 %17.1 1433 19% 1507 20% 1638 21.7% 1653 21.9% 364.3 28.3%
Turf & Grass 365 4.8% 378 5% 404 5.4% 485 6.4% 514 6.8% 149.8 41.1%
Other Grasses 132 1.8% 130 1.7% 130 1.7% 162 2.1% 174 2.3% 41.6 31.5%
Agricultural Field 104 1.4% 104 1.4% 104 1.4% 104 1.4% 104 1.4% 0 0%
Deciduous Forest 3814 50.6% 3679 48.8% 3593 47.6% 3355 44.5% 3302 43.8% -512.5 -13.4%
Coniferous Forest 216 2.9% 211 2.8% 210 2.8% 205 2.7% 202 2.7% -13.6 -6.3%
Water 1039 13.8% 1021 13.5% 998 13.2% 999 13.2% 997 13.2% -41.3 -4%
Non-forested Wetland 15 0.2% 16 0.2% 15 0.2% 15 0.2% 15 0.2% -0.5 -3%
Forested Wetland 270 3.6% 262 3.5% 257 3.4% 249 3.3% 247 3.3% -23.3 -8.6%
Tidal Wetland 192 2.5% 193 2.6% 196 2.6% 199 2.6% 198 2.6% 6.2 3.2%
Barren 77 1% 85 1.1% 100 1.3% 103 1.4% 108 1.4% 30.6 39.6%
Utility (Forest) 32 0.4% 32 0.4% 32 0.4% 31 0.4% 31 0.4% -1.4 -4.2%