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Colchester Bog Natural Area

This guide identifies resources about UVM's Colchester Bog Natural Area.


Beers, F. W. Atlas of Chittenden Co., Vermont. Rutland, Vt.: C. E. Tuttle Co., 1869 (reprinted 1971).
Call number: Howe Reference FOLIO G1228.C5 B4 1971, Special Collections QUARTO G1228.C5 B4 1971
Chittenden County, Vermont, Land Capability Plan, 1971.
Call number: Special Collections Map Cases 
Four sheets show generalized land use, limitations for development, capability for agriculture, forestry and mineral extraction, unique or fragile areas.
Ratcliffe, N.M., Stanley, R.S., Gale., M.H., Thompson, P.J., and Walsh, G.J., 2011, Bedrock geologic map of Vermont: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3184, 3 sheets, scale 1:100,000.
Town of Colchester Rural Electric Lines 1944.
Special Collections Map Cases
In addition to electric lines, shows roads, buildings, and other features.
United States Geological Survey. Colchester Point, VT-NY Quadrangle, 7.5-Minute Series Topographic Map. 2012, 2015, 2018, 2021.
Available online and for download from USGS TopoView.
United States Geological Survey.  Plattsburgh, NY-VT Quadrangle 15-Minute Series Topographic Maps. 1894, 1906, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1956.Available online and for download from USGS TopoView.
Vermont Natural Resources Atlas
Interactive GIS mapping from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides geographic information about environmental features and sites.
Walling, H.F. Map of Chittenden County, Vermont. Boston: Baker and Tilden, 1857. 
Call number: Special Collections Map Cases

Aerial Views

Aerial Photographs (Hardcopy): 1962, 1974, 1980, 1980
Howe Library Map Room

Aerial Photographs (Digital):
 1937, 1962, 1974, 1980, 1980
Howe Library Map Room

Aerial Photographs (Digital): 
April 1999, September 2003, May 2004, May 2008, July 2008, July 2009, December 2010, May 2011, May 2012
Natural Areas Center, Bittersweet House

GIS Information

Data is organized by theme, subfolder, data layer, specific file of larger data set where applicable. .
All data layers listed below are available for download at Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI).

Theme: Agriculture and Farming
​Subfolder: Land
Data Layer: GeologicSoils_SO: soils- Natural Resource Conservation Service soil survey.   

File: Soils of Chittenden County, Vermont.

Theme: Basemaps (Scanned Map and Charts)
Subfolder: Scanned Maps
Data Layer: BasemapScanmaps_Topo24K: USGS Topographic Maps (1:24,000- New US Topo Maps)File:

File: USGS Topographic Map of Colchester Point 

Theme: Biological and Ecological
Subfolder: Habitat
Data Layer EcologicHabitat_HABITATBLKS: Vermont habitat blocks and wildlife corridors. 
(Areas of natural habitat that are unfragmented by roads, development, or agriculture.)
Data Layer EcologicHabitat_HOTSPOTS: Biological hotspots in Vermont. (
Areas of high biological significance or diversity.)

Subfolder: Other
Data Layer: EcologicOther_RTENATCOM: (Rare, threatened and endangered species and significant communities in Vermont.)

Data Layer: EcologicOther_UNCOMSPOF: (Uncommon species and other features in Vermont.)

Theme: Fresh Water Resources
Subfolder: Wetlands
Data Layer: WaterWetlands_VSWI: Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory (VSWI).

Theme: Geologic and Geophysical Limitations
Subfolder: Bedrock
Data Layer: GeologicBedrock_BEDROCK9: Bedrock classification in Vermont.
There are three classes (I= Carbonate Rich bedrock, II= Metamorphic Bedrock, III= Other) and 9 subclasses. Colchester Bog is Class I, Subclass 2: calcerous clastic and metamorphic clastic rocks containing approximately 15-45% carbonate material, including calcerous slates.

Subfolder: Landforms
Data Layer: GeologicSurficial_LANDFORMS: Landforms in Vermont.

Colchester Bog is classified as a wetland, and can be found as FID 55

Data Layer: GeologicSurficial_SURFICIAL62K: Surficial geology data- 1:62,500.

Colchester Bog can be found as FID 3522. Feature type= pluvial deposit, name/description= swamp, peat and/or muck.