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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.

Plymouth, Connecticut

Plymouth 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 616 4.3% 626 4.4% 712 5% 704 4.9% 748 5.2% 132 21.4%
Edge Forest 3705 25.9% 3682 25.8% 3613 25.3% 3646 25.5% 3565 25% -141 -3.8%
Perforated Forest 362 2.5% 352 2.5% 384 2.7% 437 3.1% 499 3.5% 137 37.9%
Small Core Forest 1686 11.8% 1576 11% 1516 10.6% 1440 10.1% 1332 9.3% -354 -21%
Medium Core Forest 318 2.2% 312 2.2% 305 2.1% 296 2.1% 486 3.4% 168 53%
Large Core Forest 3330 23.3% 3289 23% 3204 22.4% 3152 22.1% 2896 20.3% -434 -13%
Developed 2023 14.2% 2186 15.3% 2240 15.3% 2319 16.2% 2346 16.4% 323 16%
Non-forest 1830 12.8% 1848 12.9% 1904 12.9% 1895 13.3% 2021 14.1% 191 10.5%
Water 417 2.9% 415 2.9% 408 2.9% 398 2.8% 394 2.8% -23 -5.6%
Total Core Forest 5334 37.3% 5177 36.2% 5025 35.2% 4889 34.2% 4714 33% -620 -11.6%
Total Forest 10017 70.1% 9838 68.9% 9734 68.1% 9675 67.7% 9526 66.7% -491 -4.9%