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The Colorado Headwaters Basin

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[+] Mapped Wetland Area



Wetland Mapping Summary

Area of mapped wetlands 174,999 acres
Percent of basin mapped as wetlands 3%


Wetland Area by Type (acres)

Freshwater Herbaceous54,57831%
Freshwater Shrub 48,71528%
Freshwater Forested 1,368< 1%
Ponds 34,13720%
Lakes 26,85215%
Rivers 8,5695%
Other 780< 1%

Wetland Area Mapped with Modifiers (acres)

Excavated 6,8604%
Dammed 17,68710%
Ditched/Drained 1< 1%
Farmed 5< 1%
Modified by Beaver 12,2097%




[+] Wetland Landscape Stressors



Weltand Area by Stressor Class (acres)

No Stress878,80414%
Low Stress2,807,65645%
Moderate Stress1,065,70117%
High Stress685,24611%
Severe Stress844,70913%




[+] Major River Basin Geography and Land Ownership


Total Area and Elevation Range

Total Area 6,282,111 acres 25,423 sq km
Maximum elevation 14,261 ft 4,348 m
Minimum elevation 4,323 ft 1,318 m
Average elevation 8,482 ft 2,586 m


Land Ownership (acres)

Total Federal Lands 4,363,515 69%
 Bureau of Land Management1,544,28025%
 Bureau of Reclamation3,591< 1%
 Federal Land, Misc2,631< 1%
 Fish and Wildlife Service18< 1%
 National Park Service116,8132%
  Total Forest Service Lands 2,696,182 43%
  Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Pawnee National Grassland407,6336%
  Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests193,0883%
  Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest198,4463%
  Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands446< 1%
  White River National Forest1,896,56830%
Total State 84,908 1%
 Colorado Division of Wildlife36,002< 1%
 Colorado State Land Board47,535< 1%
 Colorado State Parks1,366< 1%
 State Land, Misc5< 1%
City, County, and Other Local Government Lands 12,536 < 1%
Land Trusts and Non-Governmental Organizations 17,162 < 1%
Tribal Lands 0 None
Private Lands 1,803,989 29%


Ecoregions (acres)

20: Colorado Plateaus 1,746,14628%
 20b: Shale Deserts and Sedimentary Basins493,3608%
 20c: Semiarid Benchlands and Canyonlands663,95011%
 20e: Escarpments588,8369%
21: Southern Rockies 4,535,96572%
 21a: Alpine Zone505,8538%
 21b: Crystalline Subalpine Forests726,58912%
 21c: Crystalline Mid-Elevation Forests116,9812%
 21d: Foothill Shrublands599,85310%
 21e: Sedimentary Subalpine Forests1,450,17623%
 21f: Sedimentary Mid-Elevation Forests766,89612%
 21g: Volcanic Subalpine Forests90,8111%
 21i: Sagebrush Parks278,8064%