Land Cover and Land Use Land cover categorizes natural (forests, wetlands, grasslands) and manmade (cities, croplands) features. When quantified and observed over time, it provides important information to resource managers. Land use describes how humans use biophysical or ecological properties of land. It includes the alteration and/or management of land for settlements, forestry, agriculture, or other purposes, including uses that exclude humans from land, such as in the designation of protected areas or reserves for conservation.
Dunes at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas. Credit: S. Flory
Percent Land Cover by Type
Mexico Cuba 53.0%
Mexico United States United States United States 50.4%