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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.

Sterling, Connecticut

Sterling 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 146 0.8% 136 0.8% 140 0.8% 167 1% 193 1.1% 47 32.2%
Edge Forest 4510 25.8% 4672 26.7% 4728 27% 4750 27.2% 4876 27.9% 366 8.1%
Perforated Forest 701 4% 697 4% 837 4.8% 1060 6.1% 1098 6.3% 397 56.5%
Small Core Forest 1639 9.4% 1541 8.8% 1649 9.4% 1750 10% 1630 9.3% -9 -0.6%
Medium Core Forest 3429 19.6% 3305 18.9% 2962 16.9% 2574 14.7% 2546 14.6% -883 -25.8%
Large Core Forest 3620 20.7% 3466 19.8% 3290 18.8% 3030 17.3% 2747 15.7% -873 -24.1%
Developed 1065 6.1% 1175 6.7% 1213 6.7% 1284 7.3% 1320 7.5% 255 24%
Non-forest 2253 12.9% 2376 13.6% 2564 13.6% 2764 15.8% 2972 17% 719 31.9%
Water 121 0.7% 116 0.7% 103 0.7% 105 0.6% 103 0.6% -18 -14.9%
Total Core Forest 8688 49.7% 8312 47.5% 7900 45.2% 7353 42.1% 6923 39.6% -1766 -20.3%
Total Forest 14046 80.3% 13817 79% 13605 77.8% 13331 76.2% 13090 74.9% -956 -6.8%