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Your Town: Forest Fragmentation

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Forest Fragmentation Analysis Project

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First, click on the map or the menu to select a town. Then use the buttons below to see forest fragmentation maps for each of Connecticut's towns for all study dates as well as a change map. Don't forget to scroll down for summary data tables below the maps!

Follow these links for a description of the forest categories or to see a visual explanation of the forest categories. To take a closer look or compare the forest fragmentation maps with our land cover maps, visit the interactive map. For information organized by watersheds, visit Your Watershed. Also, there are a number of charts and tables summarizing statewide data.

You may also want to visit the land cover "Your Town" page. To download the GIS files, visit the download data page. Finally, don't miss the FAQ page.

Plainfield, Connecticut

Plainfield Forest Fragmentation and Change

1985 1990 1995 2002 2006 Change
acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % change
Patch Forest 1125 4.1% 1116 4% 1140 4.1% 1240 4.5% 1315 4.8% 191 17%
Edge Forest 6723 24.4% 6778 24.6% 6806 24.7% 6757 24.5% 6583 23.9% -140 -2.1%
Perforated Forest 1243 4.5% 1293 4.7% 1268 4.6% 1346 4.9% 1473 5.3% 230 18.5%
Small Core Forest 2638 9.6% 2497 9.1% 2671 9.7% 2725 9.9% 2606 9.5% -32 -1.2%
Medium Core Forest 2798 10.2% 2381 8.6% 2240 8.1% 1705 6.2% 1650 6% -1148 -41%
Large Core Forest 3715 13.5% 3484 12.6% 2920 10.6% 2786 10.1% 2692 9.8% -1023 -27.5%
Developed 3037 11% 3435 12.5% 3664 12.5% 3870 14% 4052 14.7% 1016 33.4%
Non-forest 5758 20.9% 6082 22.1% 6416 22.1% 6692 24.3% 6755 24.5% 997 17.3%
Water 521 1.9% 491 1.8% 433 1.8% 437 1.6% 430 1.6% -91 -17.4%
Total Core Forest 9151 33.2% 8363 30.3% 7831 28.4% 7216 26.2% 6948 25.2% -2203 -24.1%
Total Forest 18242 66.2% 17549 63.7% 17044 61.8% 16559 60.1% 16320 59.2% -1922 -10.5%