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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.

Prospect, Connecticut

Prospect 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 262 2.8% 389 4.2% 413 4.5% 453 4.9% 475 5.1% 213 81.2%
Edge Forest 2742 29.7% 2812 30.4% 2808 30.4% 2938 31.8% 2941 31.8% 199 7.3%
Perforated Forest 218 2.4% 203 2.2% 191 2.1% 167 1.8% 188 2% -31 -14%
Small Core Forest 1118 12.1% 1086 11.8% 980 10.6% 883 9.6% 843 9.1% -275 -24.6%
Medium Core Forest 1262 13.7% 796 8.6% 791 8.6% 776 8.4% 747 8.1% -515 -40.8%
Large Core Forest 1306 14.1% 1283 13.9% 1274 13.8% 1096 11.9% 1077 11.7% -229 -17.5%
Developed 1140 12.3% 1454 15.7% 1511 15.7% 1635 17.7% 1681 18.2% 540 47.4%
Non-forest 975 10.6% 1003 10.9% 1062 10.9% 1084 11.7% 1081 11.7% 106 10.8%
Water 215 2.3% 213 2.3% 210 2.3% 207 2.2% 207 2.2% -8 -3.8%
Total Core Forest 3686 39.9% 3165 34.3% 3044 33% 2754 29.8% 2667 28.9% -1019 -27.7%
Total Forest 6908 74.8% 6569 71.1% 6455 69.9% 6312 68.3% 6270 67.9% -638 -9.2%