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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.

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Ridgefield 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 1756 7.9% 1867 8.4% 1879 8.4% 1981 8.9% 2080 9.3% 323 18.4%
Edge Forest 6728 30.2% 6724 30.1% 6788 30.4% 6797 30.5% 6641 29.8% -87 -1.3%
Perforated Forest 846 3.8% 905 4.1% 950 4.3% 956 4.3% 1006 4.5% 160 18.9%
Small Core Forest 2588 11.6% 2304 10.3% 2149 9.6% 1991 8.9% 1865 8.4% -723 -27.9%
Medium Core Forest 431 1.9% 409 1.8% 396 1.8% 319 1.4% 306 1.4% -125 -29%
Large Core Forest 1613 7.2% 1577 7.1% 1494 6.7% 1476 6.6% 1443 6.5% -171 -10.6%
Developed 4531 20.3% 4762 21.3% 4852 21.3% 5026 22.5% 5073 22.7% 542 12%
Non-forest 3288 14.7% 3240 14.5% 3291 14.5% 3265 14.6% 3404 15.3% 116 3.5%
Water 532 2.4% 525 2.4% 513 2.4% 501 2.2% 496 2.2% -36 -6.8%
Total Core Forest 4632 20.8% 4290 19.2% 4039 18.1% 3785 17% 3613 16.2% -1018 -22%
Total Forest 13961 62.6% 13786 61.8% 13655 61.2% 13520 60.6% 13339 59.8% -622 -4.5%