GIS assesses Roaring Fork Watershed Protection acres for The Forest Health Index
9/3/2013 12:00 PM
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) contacted the GIS department to summarize land designations for the expanse of land held in the Roaring Fork Watershed. The Forest Health Index reports the acres of protected land in the watershed. This includes US Forest Service, BLM, Colorado/State land and down to local protections of land from Pitkin County Open Space.
The Roaring Fork Watershed spills over the Pitkin County line into Eagle, Garfield, and Gunnison Counties. The GIS Department was able to use the Colorado Ownership and Management Protection dataset (COMap V8) to analyze the area’s makeup of land. This gave ACES an estimate of the total protected lands. Here are the results of the study:
Total Roaring Fork watershed/basin “protected” Land- including Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Gunnison County using COMap Version 8:
Roaring Fork Watershed (total acres): 930,821
Protected land within the Watershed (acres): 642,266
That is approximately 70% of watershed that is considered protected.