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  Illinois Land Cover Maps  

The Illinois Land Cover Database is the most current and comprehensive inventory of the state’s surface cover.

1999-2000 Land Cover Maps
Here is the most recent land cover map based on 1999-2000 satellite imagery.

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Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
This site is a gateway to GIS data and imagery for Illinois. Available data sets include: geology, water resources, nature preserves, wildlife areas, land use, political boundaries, roads, census information, Public Land Survey, and much more

These maps illustrate historical urbanization trends for several metropolitan regions of Illinois. These trend maps come from various sources. The Illinois Natural History Survey used aerial photography to estimate urban growth trends for Champaign-Urbana and the Peoria region. The University of Illinois' LEAM team did the analysis for the St; Louis Metropolitan area using historical municial boundaries. A couple of local organizations have done historical and future urban trend analysis for the Chicago region.

Chicago Region
Under Pressure: Land Consumption in Illinois (Openlands Project) http://www.openlands.org/reports/LANDCONSUM.PDF

The Metropolis Plan (Chicago Metropolis 2020) http://www.metropolisplan.org/main.htm



St. Louis Metro East
Regional Historical Mapping
- Showing change over time in the St. Louis Metro East area

Animation of Regional Historical Mapping (600kb animation)




Quad Cities

For information on development patterns in the Chicago area go to the Open Lands Project home page and download their report, Under Pressure: Land Consumption in Chicago. This report includes maps of current and projected changes in land use in the Chicago region.

At some point in the future, the Department hopes to conduct a more detailed forecasts of urban expansion in the other urban centers of Illinois.

Contact: Tom Heavisides
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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Springfield, Illinois 62702

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