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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.

Torrington, Connecticut

Torrington 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 1216 4.7% 1288 5% 1322 5.1% 1394 5.4% 1434 5.6% 219 18%
Edge Forest 6596 25.6% 6546 25.4% 6542 25.4% 6537 25.3% 6445 25% -151 -2.3%
Perforated Forest 584 2.3% 609 2.4% 674 2.6% 731 2.8% 793 3.1% 210 35.9%
Small Core Forest 3723 14.4% 3814 14.8% 3566 13.8% 3550 13.8% 3473 13.5% -250 -6.7%
Medium Core Forest 2384 9.2% 1870 7.3% 1738 6.7% 1651 6.4% 1973 7.6% -411 -17.2%
Large Core Forest 2178 8.4% 2032 7.9% 2124 8.2% 1935 7.5% 1386 5.4% -792 -36.4%
Developed 4894 19% 5373 20.8% 5505 20.8% 5718 22.2% 5829 22.6% 935 19.1%
Non-forest 3713 14.4% 3790 14.7% 3860 14.7% 3828 14.8% 4014 15.6% 301 8.1%
Water 503 2% 469 1.8% 459 1.8% 449 1.7% 443 1.7% -60 -12%
Total Core Forest 8284 32.1% 7716 29.9% 7428 28.8% 7135 27.7% 6832 26.5% -1453 -17.5%
Total Forest 16680 64.7% 16159 62.7% 15966 61.9% 15796 61.2% 15504 60.1% -1175 -7%