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The South Platte Basin

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[+] Mapped Wetland Area



Wetland Mapping Summary

Area of mapped wetlands 368,988 acres
Percent of basin mapped as wetlands 3%


Wetland Area by Type (acres)

Freshwater Herbaceous129,69435%
Freshwater Shrub 53,02114%
Freshwater Forested 33,3109%
Ponds 33,1599%
Lakes 75,77821%
Rivers 32,7759%
Other 6,5182%

Wetland Area Mapped with Modifiers (acres)

Excavated 20,0075%
Dammed 46,29013%
Ditched/Drained 5< 1%
Farmed 5,0081%
Modified by Beaver 4,3251%




[+] Wetland Landscape Stressors



Weltand Area by Stressor Class (acres)

No Stress653,7985%
Low Stress3,322,47527%
Moderate Stress2,526,37821%
High Stress2,158,81618%
Severe Stress3,446,08228%




[+] Major River Basin Geography and Land Ownership


Total Area and Elevation Range

Total Area 12,107,517 acres 48,998 sq km
Maximum elevation 14,287 ft 4,356 m
Minimum elevation 3,423 ft 1,044 m
Average elevation 6,211 ft 1,894 m


Land Ownership (acres)

Total Federal Lands 2,243,933 19%
 Bureau of Land Management66,972< 1%
 Federal Land, Misc27,100< 1%
 Fish and Wildlife Service19,971< 1%
 National Park Service175,0981%
  Total Forest Service Lands 1,954,792 16%
  Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Pawnee National Grassland1,013,9608%
  Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands940,6478%
  White River National Forest186< 1%
Total State 691,343 6%
 Colorado Division of Wildlife87,878< 1%
 Colorado State Land Board572,6555%
 Colorado State Parks17,971< 1%
 State Land, Misc12,838< 1%
City, County, and Other Local Government Lands 353,670 3%
Land Trusts and Non-Governmental Organizations 60,916 < 1%
Tribal Lands 0 None
Private Lands 8,757,656 72%


Ecoregions (acres)

18: Wyoming Basin 19< 1%
 18f: Laramie Basin19< 1%
21: Southern Rockies 3,690,12930%
 21a: Alpine Zone344,6463%
 21b: Crystalline Subalpine Forests751,7166%
 21c: Crystalline Mid-Elevation Forests1,661,72814%
 21d: Foothill Shrublands314,1813%
 21e: Sedimentary Subalpine Forests16,923< 1%
 21f: Sedimentary Mid-Elevation Forests145,2341%
 21g: Volcanic Subalpine Forests13,774< 1%
 21h: Volcanic Mid-Elevation Forests3,480< 1%
 21j: Grassland Parks438,4484%
25: High Plains 7,042,14958%
 25b: Rolling Sand Plains1,205,21510%
 25c: Moderate Relief Plains2,186,34818%
 25d: Flat to Rolling Plains3,150,78126%
 25l: Front Range Fans499,8044%
26: Southwestern Tablelands 1,375,22011%
 26e: Piedmont Plains and Tablelands393,0483%
 26i: Pine-Oak Woodlands326,0153%
 26j: Foothill Grasslands656,1585%