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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.

Vernon, Connecticut

Vernon 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 1117 9.6% 1187 10.2% 1168 10.1% 1212 10.5% 1184 10.2% 68 6%
Edge Forest 2283 19.7% 2098 18.1% 2044 17.6% 1918 16.5% 1909 16.5% -374 -16.4%
Perforated Forest 187 1.6% 189 1.6% 195 1.7% 210 1.8% 213 1.8% 26 14%
Small Core Forest 626 5.4% 574 4.9% 536 4.6% 491 4.2% 484 4.2% -142 -22.7%
Medium Core Forest 445 3.8% 383 3.3% 376 3.2% 335 2.9% 335 2.9% -111 -24.9%
Large Core Forest 827 7.1% 747 6.4% 728 6.3% 718 6.2% 716 6.2% -111 -13.4%
Developed 3601 31% 3931 33.9% 4025 33.9% 4196 36.2% 4274 36.9% 674 18.7%
Non-forest 2218 19.1% 2199 19% 2244 19% 2227 19.2% 2197 18.9% -21 -1%
Water 295 2.5% 290 2.5% 282 2.5% 290 2.5% 286 2.5% -10 -3.3%
Total Core Forest 1898 16.4% 1703 14.7% 1640 14.1% 1544 13.3% 1535 13.2% -363 -19.1%
Total Forest 5484 47.3% 5177 44.6% 5047 43.5% 4884 42.1% 4841 41.7% -643 -11.7%