Regional Land Use Land Cover Project

An example of land use land cover on a map

A pilot land use land cover endeavor was undertaken by DRCOG, the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and the Conservation Innovation Center in 2019. During this pilot, 1,000 square miles of the Denver region were classified at 1-meter resolution using high-resolution imagery acquired as part of the 2018 Denver Regional Aerial Photography Project. Eight classes were identified: structures, impervious surface, water, grassland/prairie, tree canopy, irrigated lands/turf, cropland and barren/rock. Results are available for download.

In March 2021, DRCOG received a Water Plan Grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to expand the pilot to cover the entire region. This project is currently underway.