LDSF Land Use and Land Cover map
The distribution of land use/land cover across the watershed illustrates a critical challenge for the sustainability of those who are reliant on the ecosystem services provided by this landscape for their livelihoods.
We estimate that only 5% of the total landscape is under forest cover leaving most of the steepest highly erodible areas with no tree cover. Areas dominated by rocky outcroppings, or boulders (>70% rock cover) were only 3% of the total landscape. These areas often had some tree cover (< 10% woody cover) in the pockets of soil among the rocks. These pockets of soil in some cases were had soil > 50 cm and were used for agriculture (pasture or cropping) among the rocks. Only 12% of the area on steep slopes was covered by woody plants (trees and shrubs). 88% of the watershed is some type of agricultural production, annual cropping, agroforestry or pasture.
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