Location of Piney Point Tract
Piney Point, a tract of Assawoman Wildlife Area, has a location on the south side of Indian River Bay in the Inland Bays Region of Delaware (Figure 1). This tract is colored green in figure 1. The tract is 473 acres (1,914,388 square meters) in size and has an elevation ranging from sea level to about 10 feet.
Geology of Piney Point
The Omar Formation underlies Piney Point. Sand, silt and clay in a mixture compose this formation. Main soils are Broadkill Mucky Peat and Klej Loamy Sand. The elevations of the tract range from sea level at the bay to about 10 feet at the western end. Most of the land slopes to the north and south with high point along a ridge in the center.
Piney Point Vegetation Communities/Land Covers
In the 1937-2012 period, forests decreased overall with a recent stable period between 2002 and 2007 (Figure 2, Table 1). Woodlands developed and have been stable in the recent period, whereas, Shrubland almost doubled its area to 2002, but has decreased to a net loss by 2012. Herbaceous communities decreased markedly. Marsh communities have increased. Anthropogenic communities/land covers have decreased by almost half. Non-vegetated land covers have increased immensely. Water has increased nearly ten-fold. The posts of the individual categories contain more information regarding changes to individual communities.
|Table 1. Vegetation Community/Land Cover Categories
Piney Point Tract 1937-2012 (m²)
|Anthropogenic Communities/Land Covers||206,154.38||116,794.21||98,039.83||115,747.18|
|Non-Vegetated Land Covers||1,019.59||3,311.85||5,340.36||46,081.56|