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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.

Thompson, Connecticut

Thompson 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 862 2.8% 817 2.6% 829 2.7% 916 2.9% 944 3% 82 9.6%
Edge Forest 8218 26.4% 8196 26.3% 8237 26.4% 8253 26.5% 8262 26.5% 44 0.5%
Perforated Forest 1901 6.1% 1958 6.3% 2023 6.5% 2138 6.9% 2237 7.2% 335 17.6%
Small Core Forest 4610 14.8% 4319 13.9% 4177 13.4% 3968 12.7% 3823 12.3% -787 -17.1%
Medium Core Forest 2200 7.1% 2152 6.9% 2441 7.8% 2084 6.7% 2047 6.6% -153 -7%
Large Core Forest 4603 14.8% 4514 14.5% 4046 13% 3890 12.5% 3778 12.1% -825 -17.9%
Developed 2868 9.2% 3140 10.1% 3244 10.1% 3398 10.9% 3430 11% 563 19.6%
Non-forest 4460 14.3% 4644 14.9% 4784 14.9% 5168 16.6% 5300 17% 841 18.8%
Water 1436 4.6% 1420 4.6% 1377 4.6% 1343 4.3% 1337 4.3% -99 -6.9%
Total Core Forest 11413 36.6% 10984 35.3% 10664 34.2% 9943 31.9% 9648 31% -1765 -15.5%
Total Forest 22394 71.9% 21955 70.5% 21753 69.8% 21250 68.2% 21091 67.7% -1304 -5.8%