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6. Shelton Habitats

Our ability to protect wildlife is directly tied to the quantity and quality of critical habitat that we protect.  This part of the Inventory will grow as Connecticut continues to map key habitat areas, but for now it includes two basic maps.  The coastal habitat map includes information on tidal marshes, shellfish growing areas, submerged aquatic vegetation like eelgrass, and stream reaches used by migratory fish.  These maps are available only for coastal towns. 

The Natural Diversity Database (NDDB) delineates areas where species listed by the state as threatened, endangered or of special concern have been identified. The identification of these unique and fragile habitat areas in your town will help you with the prioritization of lands during the open space planning process or in assessing at potential environmental impacts from development proposals. The NDDB is a generalized dataset, with circles that show general areas but are not meant to pinpoint exact locations (for fear that illegal collectors will use the data).  Its usefulness for planning will benefit from the input of local and topical experts. Also, town officials can request more precise data from CTDEP. Visit the data guide page for more information. NDDB data updated December 2008.

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More Information:
ArrowNatural Diversity Database
ArrowEel Grass
ArrowTidal Wetlands
ArrowShellfish Areas
ArrowCore Forest

Habitat Legend

Download a pdf of the Shelton Habitat areas for printing.

The Forest Fragmentation map shows the simplified results of a CLEAR landscape model applied to our 2006 basic land cover.  Generally, the model divides forest into categories based on the distance to non-forested land.  Forested areas more than 300 feet (100m) on all sides from non-forested areas are called “core forest.” Core forest areas span the range from very large to quite small.  The smallest core area possible – 1 pixel (100 ft x 100 ft) – translates to a core forest of only ¼ acre, but this core is surrounded by a forest patch of at least 11 acres.  Our map shows core forest areas of 3 sizes in three darker shades of green, and all non-core forest areas as light green.  To see the full results of the model, which has 6 categories of forest, go to the Forest Fragmentation section of the Connecticut’s Changing Landscape project (Coming soon).  For more about how the model actually works or to download it, visit the Landscape Fragmentation Tool section of CLEAR.

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