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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.

Preston, Connecticut

Preston 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 586 2.9% 568 2.8% 574 2.8% 587 2.9% 610 3% 25 4.2%
Edge Forest 5128 25.2% 5078 25% 5103 25.1% 5079 25% 5072 25% -56 -1.1%
Perforated Forest 1030 5.1% 1144 5.6% 1142 5.6% 1250 6.2% 1281 6.3% 251 24.4%
Small Core Forest 1810 8.9% 2315 11.4% 2222 10.9% 2068 10.2% 2023 10% 212 11.7%
Medium Core Forest 1341 6.6% 657 3.2% 634 3.1% 583 2.9% 689 3.4% -652 -48.6%
Large Core Forest 3528 17.4% 3461 17% 3429 16.9% 3342 16.4% 3156 15.5% -372 -10.6%
Developed 1592 7.8% 1761 8.7% 1820 8.7% 1904 9.4% 1948 9.6% 356 22.4%
Non-forest 4490 22.1% 4563 22.5% 4654 22.5% 4782 23.5% 4823 23.7% 333 7.4%
Water 812 4% 772 3.8% 741 3.8% 724 3.6% 715 3.5% -97 -11.9%
Total Core Forest 6679 32.9% 6433 31.7% 6284 30.9% 5993 29.5% 5867 28.9% -812 -12.2%
Total Forest 13423 66.1% 13223 65.1% 13103 64.5% 12909 63.5% 12831 63.2% -593 -4.4%