Land Cover and Development
Rate of forest cover loss to development
The forest loss indicator is measured by the number of acres of non-federal forest land cover converted to development. Forested landscapes provide habitat that support terrestrial species, deliver watershed functions that support freshwater systems, and provide ecological and cultural services for humans. This indicator provides a check on the region’s success in maintaining forest cover throughout the Puget Sound Basin.
Rate of forest cover loss to development
By: Forest Cover Loss

Key Indicator Results

  • The status of this indicator is improving relative to the baseline reference, and is making progress toward the 2020 target.
  • Non-federal forestlands were lost to development at a rate of 2,176 acres per year for the period 2001-2006, the baseline reference year.
  • Between 2011 and 2016, the most recent period with available data, the rate of forest loss decreased below the target value of not exceeding 1,000 acres per year, to 836 acres per year.

Contributing Partners

Recovery Target

By 2020, average annual loss of forested land cover to developed land-cover in non-federal lands does not exceed 1,000 acres per year.

Data Source

Washignton State Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP Land Cover Atlas)

Methods and More Results
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